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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.

Use of the Freedman Center is limited to CWRU students, staff, faculty, and alumni, CIA students, staff, and faculty, and CIM students and faculty.

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:

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

The Research Floor

A collection of powerful research workstations (Windows 10) loaded with specialized software, are available for interested users. The highly-trained staff of the Freedman Center can help you find the right station and software for your needs. 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.

The Research Floor is open whenever the Library is open, but staff will only be available to assist patrons during the hours posted below.

Collaboration Commons

An expansive and modular semi-enclosed space offers areas for large or small group work as well as solo study, the Collaboration Commons includes numerous large touchscreen computers that can be connected to your laptop. Mobile whiteboards and specialized literature are available for CWRU students, staff, and faculty.

Video Rooms

The Freedman Center contains a One-Button Video Recording Studio and a Teleconferencing Room for patrons who need to record videos or have a private space for teleconferencing.

Our video rooms need to be reserved and unlocked by our staff, and thus are open during the hours posted below.

Innovation Hub

A research and development area for our specialists and research partners exploring projects involving virtual reality, 3D printing, and more.



Freedman Center Hours

A Floorplan of the Freedman Center.