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The library offers cutting-edge digital labs available to all our members, as well as guidance and services for anyone producing or supporting open research at York.

Our Digital labs

We have two labs in the Fairhurst and both are open to all students and staff to use. The easiest way to remember the difference is that the Creativity Lab focuses on software: high-end gaming workstations, with access to Virtual Reality (VR) equipment and other emerging technologies. YorCreate is all about hardware: a maker-space with 3D printers and other tools.

Creativity Lab

Featuring high-end equipment allowing you the opportunity to play with and learn about emerging technologies through a range of practical workshops, masterclasses and technical support.


An exciting new makerspace and digital crafting area, for students, staff and researchers to experiment with 3D design, scanning and printing and other digital creativity tools.

...a fantastic, inspiring intro to VR! Sam is such a knowledgeable and delightful facilitator/teacher! He turned the whole session into a fun and interesting experience. 

York member of staff

Supporting open research

Open research practice enables a wide range of audiences to freely discover and engage with our excellent research, makes the research process transparent, and creates new opportunities for outputs and methods to be reused, reproduced and credited.

Open Research Team

We provide guidance and training to help you plan, publish, preserve and share your research.

Open Research Skills Framework

An accessible guide navigating the values, benefits and practicalities of embedding open research in your work.

Open access and publishing your research

Services and support for publishing your research, including routes, requirements and funding options for open access publication

Managing and sharing your research data

Helping you plan, manage and share your research data effectively, and in line with funder and University expectations

Analysing and evaluating research metrics

Understanding research metrics, evidencing research strengths and impact, and building and promoting your research profile

Other support for researchers


SafePod provides the physical security and controls for an accredited researcher to access sensitive datasets.

Writing support

The Writing Centre offer personalised guidance for researchers on developing your academic writing and critical analysis skills.

Postgraduate space

There are dedicated spaces for postgraduate students in the Morrell (LMO/111), and the Fairhurst (PG Lounge on Floor 2).

Academic staff

Key information for academics, including the support on offer from the wider Library, Archives and Learning Services