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Area 49

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Location: Atkins Library, second floor
Hours: Varies per space (listed on each space's page)
Open to all current students, faculty, and staff
Area 49 LibGuide (for space manual)
Area 49 Resources Guide (programs & examples for nontraditional projects)


What is it?

Area 49 is the library’s collection of innovation and creation spaces designed to give the campus community space to engage with ideas using technology, making, and creativity. Area 49’s spaces can be used by both beginner and advanced users and are open to everyone on campus. In Area 49, we want to help users engage with ideas in new ways and discover their own successes through curiosity and experimentation.

Can I use it?

If you are a current student, faculty, or staff member, then yes! Haven’t had experience? That’s ok! Some of the most rewarding experiences come from beginners who are just curious.

What do I do here?

Think about how to approach something differently;

  • Play a game;
  • Uncover the mechanics of something small;
  • Make something;
  • Use technology to explain an idea;
  • Record a video;
  • Record a podcast;
  • Prototype an item;
  • Experiment with something you haven't used before;
  • Push your own boundaries;
  • Join a workshop;
  • Engage with ideas in new ways;
  • Learn about amazing resources you can use;
  • Ask questions and get help;
  • Lead a workshop, event, lecture, or other program with our help through our Area 49 Programming Series;
  • Figure out an idea and make it happen!

Check out all of our spaces and services!