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Shapiro Design Lab

The Shapiro Design Lab is an ever-evolving experimental space in the Library focused on creating engaged learning opportunities and experiences across research, artistic, and teaching projects. We are comprised of three learning communities (Interns, Residents, and Developers) and three spaces (PIE Space, Media Production Rooms, and Workshop), which feature a variety of tools: 3D printers, audio/video hardware and software, letterpress, prototyping supplies, and more.

For the 2017-18 Academic Year, the Lab will focus on three themes:

Citizen Lab, in partnership the School of Information's Citizen Interaction Design (CID) program, will support civic technology and citizen science projects here on campus and in conjunction with communities within and beyond Ann Arbor.

Game Lab, which will serve as a hub for game developers, designers, and scholars on Central Campus, in conjunction with the Computer Video Game Archive on North Campus.

Library Lab, which will experiment with tools, services, and applications for the Library itself, in order to better understand the possibilities of how people can engage with the Library in all its forms.

We encourage you to schedule a consultation or sign up for our mailing list. If you have other questions about the Lab or what happens here, please email

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Last modified: 04/25/2018