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Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship

Overhead view of computer workstations and an info desk.
View through doors to the FC Collaboration Commons with desks and chairs
Students working at desks in the Freedman Center Collaboration Comons

The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship is partially maintained by an endowment established by Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman.

Located on the first floor of Kelvin Smith Library, the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship covers over 2,700 square feet of workspace featuring dozens of state-of-the-art equipment, diverse hardware, and cutting edge software to harness the power of modern technology and academic creativity.‌  We offer a number of services to our research community, located here: In response to COVID-19 health safety considerations, many of our services and resources are currently subject to change. For direct inquiry, please contact the Freedman Center with your questions.

The FC contains many spaces suitable to a variety of academic and research needs:

The Research Floor

During normal KSL hours, a collection of powerful research workstations (Windows 10) loaded with specialized software are available for interested users. Beginning in the fall semester of 2020, patrons will be required to reserve a specialized computing station that best suits their research or digital project needs. Upon reservation, the specialized computing stations will be self-service, and online tutorials will instruct new and experienced patrons on how to use equipment (e.g., scanners) and software (e.g., ArcGIS) connected with each station. The highly-trained staff of the Freedman Center are available by appointment to consult with you and answer questions about how to use the Freedman Center's digital scholarship equipment, tools, and software. Whether you need to run statistical analyses, generate maps, digitize A/V materials, and much more, the Research Floor has the right tools for the job.

Collaboration Commons

In response to COVID-19, physical distance requirements are in place, which precludes use of the Commons as a typical larger group collaboration and event space.  Still, we welcome patrons into the Commons for solo work and study while they observe safe, physically and socially distanced practices. Tables within the Commons may be reserved online, and more information about reserving these tables is forthcoming. Charging stations, whiteboards, and specialized literature are also available for CWRU students, staff, and faculty.

Video Rooms

The Freedman Center Video Studio and Teleconferencing Rooms are currently unavailable due to COVID-19 physical distancing and health safety requirements.  We look forward to bringing these spaces back to you in the future.

Freedman Center Hours

Sunday: noon - 8 p.m.
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

There is no 24/7 access at this time.