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Welcome to the Research Hub and Makerspace!

NowOpenMembers of the UNC community with an interest in technology-enabled research techniques have a new partner at the UNC Library Research Hub.

From geographic information systems and visualization, to 3D printing, digital archiving, data management, and more, librarians at the Research Hub can connect you with the expertise, tools, and training that will propel your research in new directions.

Research Hub locations are now open in Davis Library and the Kenan Science Library; a third site at the Health Sciences Library will open soon. Through partnerships with research departments and programs on campus, the Hub extends its reach even further.

Also coming soon, look for programming and events to help you stay current with the new trends and technologies, and to make connections with researchers in many disciplines.

To learn more, visit the Research Hub website or email

NOW OPEN: Davis Library Research Hub (2nd floor)

The newly refurbished second floor of Davis Library supports investigation, analysis, and visualization for researchers who work with data, mapping, texts, and technology.

Areas of focus

  • Geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Numeric data services
  • Text and data mining
  • Digital humanities
  • Data visualization
  • Data management planning
  • Repository services
  • Odum Institute Open Computing Lab
  • GIS computing lab
  • Data visualization software
  • GPS units for check-out
  • Presentation and meeting spaces

NOW OPEN: Makerspace, Research Hub @ Kenan Science Library (G301 Venable Hall)

If you can envision it, you can create it. The Makerspace Kenan_Consult_400in the Research Hub @ Kenan Science Library lets UNC students, faculty, and staff explore emerging technologies and become part of a vibrant community of makers and making.

Areas of focus

  • 3D design/printing/scanning
  • MakerBot 3D printers
  • NextEngine 3D scanner
  • Raspberry Pi and Arduino microcontrollers available for check-out
  • Presentation and meeting spaces
  • Research consultations
  • Data management planning
  • Reputation management

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