The University of Michigan's Art, Architecture and Engineering Library provides a unique set of information commons resources to students and faculty in the Duderstadt Center. It provides easy access to a pervasive computing environment, special labs and production studios, and enjoys highly collaborative relationships with the Digital Media Commons and the Computer Aided Engineering Network (CAEN).
With 400+ computers available 24/7, the Duderstadt Center is the largest public computing site at the University of Michigan. It also offers student access to 3D and virtual reality labs, a large video production studio, a state-of-the-art audio recording studio, two electronic music studios and two teleconferencing rooms. The library's engineering resources are among the most comprehensive in the country with large portions of its journal holdings being available electronically. The library's Special Collections and Visual Resources Collection (Imageworks) offer special resources to support the School of Art and Design, and the College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
About the Building
The James and Anne Duderstadt Center, originally called the Media Union, occupies a central spot on the Diag of the University of Michigan’s North Campus. Housing the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library, multi-media spaces, performance studios, and numerous visualization and virtual reality technology labs, the building provides a nexus for creative and technological innovation across disciplines.
Designed by Albert Kahn Associates of Detroit, the building opened its doors in 1996. A vast north-facing expanse of glass illuminates the 1st floor atrium, its colorful mural “Euclid’s Comet” by Dorothea Rockburne, and 2nd floor library lobby. The pyramidal skylight over the center of the building further enhances the openness of the core space. Indirect lighting provides a glare-free setting for individual and group study and library shelving areas. Conceived with flexibility in mind, the space is quickly adapting to the wireless environment and the increasing need for group workspaces.
For further reading about our building, its design and purpose, please see the following:
- “Citation: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan,” American School & University Magazine, 70/3, Nov. 1997, 167.
- Gregerson, John, “Bye the Book,” Building Design & Construction 39/1, Jan 1998, 44-47.
- Miller, Michael, “Anticipating the Future: The University of Michigan’s Media Union,” Library Hi-Tech 16/1, 1998, 71-83.
- Nesbit, Joan, “Muralists at work in Media Union,” The University Record, June 25, 1997.