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Digital Media Lab

This guide is to help you learn how to create digital media projects

Workshops & Events


The HSU Digital Media Lab (DML) is here to help you create video, audio, photo, and web-based projects. Use the menu links (left side on desktop, top of the page on mobile) to visit the pages for different types of resources available, including equipment, software recommendations, tutorials and SkillShops, and more. Or jump straight to the guide for the type of project you're working on:

Borrowing Equipment

Digital media equipment is available to borrow anytime that the library is open (library hours). All equipment is available for 3-day loans and are first-come, first-served. You can drop by the checkout desk near the main entrance to borrow any equipment. Or you can email us at dml@humboldt.edu with any questions or if you want us to set aside some equipment for you to pick up.

Finding Equipment

Visit the Equipment Guide to find lists of available equipment, including cameras, microphones, 360 video cameras, virtual reality systems, and many accessories.

If you have any questions about equipment, or other aspects of a digital project, we'd are happy to help! Contact us at dml@humboldt.edu.

Computers & Software


The library also has computers with production and editing software available to all students, all day. The digital media computers are located in the Library Makerspace on the third floor of the Library outside the Library Learning Lab (room 308).


If you are looking for off-campus access, you can remotely access campus computers (instructions below) or consult our guide to open source and free software.


The Makerspace also offers instruction on learning about the equipment and software needed to create your projects. Through regular SkillShops, Makerspace meet-ups, office hours, one-on-one consultations and special events, we are happy to help you with your next project. Contact us to learn more:

Tim Miller, Digital Media & Learning Librarian - makerspace@humboldt.edu - 707.826.4959

To find the best equipment for your project and to see if it is available, choose from the options in the main menu (to the left or above on mobile devices). 

Remote Software Access

You can access most of the software available on campus computers from off-campus using Remote Access or the Virtual Lab (VLab). This includes MS Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, Camtasia, and many more programs that would otherwise be expensive to purchase. If you are having issues accessing these services, visit the ITS System Status page to make sure they are working properly.

Remote Access (Chromebooks, Macs, and Windows) allows you to login to an HSU computer over the internet. You will have access to all of the software on that computer. You will need to install a program to make the connection (the remote access page includes instructions).

VLab (all computers with internet access) allows you to login to a virtual desktop that includes software typically available in HSU computer labs (current list of VLab software). Does not require any connection software.

Contact Us

Tell us your ideas! We'd love to learn how we can help you with your next project. If you have purchase suggestions, tutorial or workshop requests, need a space or want to meet up with others to share ideas: let us know!