In this Hub listing you will find information for Penn Libraries Weigle Information Commons (WIC), the Vitale Digital Media Lab, which is located adjacent to WIC in Van Pelt Library, and the Education Commons, another Penn Libraries technology commons space located in the Weiss Pavilion at Franklin Field.
While the libraries are closed during remote learning, we offer a variety of online/virtual resources, including workshops open to the Penn community. We can create custom workshops tailored to your needs, and we will be glad to meet with you for a one-on-one consultation to help with your project or assignment, whether it’s academic, extracurricular, or personal in nature. Visit our remote media guide for suggestions on media resources you can download for free on your personal computer while library lab spaces are offline during remote learning. Check the updated status of library resources here, and click here for library virtual support information .
Penn Libraries supports a broad range of activities in the academic and social life of Penn students. When public access to the library resumes, our technology-rich and diverse collection of teaching meeting and study spaces, support a varied set of activities, from meeting with friends and classmates at WIC, designing a poster or podcast at Vitale Lab, to exploring 3D printing and other emerging technologies at the Education Commons.
Weigle Information Commons (WIC)
Located on the West wing of Van Pelt Library, the Weigle Information Commons (WIC) supports innovative learning, teaching, and media production. Our group study spaces and technology-rich classrooms foster collaborative learning and student engagement. When public access to the library resumes, numerous group study rooms and booths are available for student use and can be explored and reserved here. We offer training, equipment, and support for digital media, including immersive technology, for Penn students, faculty and staff. We also provide flexible mixed use spaces to support the Penn community.
Vitale Digital Media Lab
The Media Lab provides training and assistance with hardware and software for groups and individuals, with a focus on audio, video, graphic design, and related areas of interest. We provide hardware and support whether you need help designing a poster, creating a podcast, making a video, creating a publication, designing a logo, scanning a document, making a comic book, or converting a legacy format like VHS or vinyl record to digital. Our helpful staff are here to make sure you get your project completed. During remote learning, schedule a one-on-one consulation with our technology specialists here.
Our high-end Mac workstations have large 4K monitors and a variety of industry standard software, including the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, InDesign, etc.), Final Cut Pro, Davinci Resolve, and more. Lab users can print in standard laser printer sizes as well as full-sized posters.
We lend A/V equipment, such as video cameras, audio recorders, tripods, microphones, video projectors, adapters, hard drives, phone chargers, game consoles, and VR equipment.
We also have a video recording studio outfitted with professional cameras, microphones, and lighting.
Everything is available free of charge to the Penn community. If you're not sure where to go next, please come in and ask for help, and we'll get you started.
Education Commons (EC)
The Education Commons is a place to study, learn, and make, located in the George A. Weiss Pavilion in Franklin Field. In addition to open study areas for individuals and groups, it has six technology-rich, reservable group study rooms and a 24-seat seminar room. The Education Commons offers 3D scanning and printing and has a makerspace, the TinkerLab. Open to all of the Penn community, the EC offers programming and teaching support to empower users with technology from 3D modeling to e-textiles to virtual reality.