Research Guides

Interactive Media

For questions and suggestions contact:

Vanessa Rodriguez
Head, Creative Studio
Librarian Associate Professor
Library Liaison for Interactive Media
Lecturer, School of Communication
Quick Start

Welcome to the Interactive Media subject guide. This guide is designed to help you navigate library resources and get you started on your research.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me using the info in the box to your left.

Guide Breakdown :
Games - List of board games, RPG manuals, and video games/consoles available at the library
Make Stuff - in-depth information about the library "making" resources, and UM resources
Research - links to library books, articles, and other materials to support your research
Creative Studio
The Creative Studio is located in Room 118 of the first floor of the Richter Library at the Coral Gables campus of the University of Miami. We provide expert support and consultation in the use of digital audio, video, graphic design technology as well as web development, and image creation techniques. 


Software: Adobe CC, iLife, 123D Design, Final Cut, AVID

Hardware: iMacs, VCR, Cassette Player, Record Player, Scanners, Large Format Printer, Form 1 3D printer

Rental Equipment: Still Cameras, DSLRs, GoPro, Video Cameras, Light Kit, Audio Recorders, Microphones, Green Screen Kit, Wacom tablet, Projector w/screen

UM Libraries Game Collection
Video Game Music
The Weeks Music Library has video game music available for check-out at their library. You can find CDs, music sheets, and books about the subject by searching their library catalog. 

Weeks Music Library
Virtual Reality
The library has Oculus Rift available for faculty demo and special projects. Please contact Vanessa Rodriguez for more information.
Make Games
Here is a handy list of online resources that can help you create your own game. Make Your Own Games
All consoles were donated to the Richter Library and might already have some wear and tear. Some of the games available were donated or were purchased used.

We are open to more donations to add to the collection and will review any on a case-by-case basis. If you have a donation please contact Vanessa Rodriguez at
Available Games
Library Catalog - you can search for a particular game, system, or research materials.

Full List of Games
UM Library Games - You can also view the complete list (video games, tabletop, and RPG manuals) by looking through our online spreadsheet.  

Tabletop Games
Board games and card games are located at the Richter Library front desk for 3 day check-out.

Video Games
Video games and consoles are available at the Digital Media Lab, Richter Library Room 120.
Consoles: Xbox 360, PS2, PS3, Wii, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis
Loan Policy: PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii - 7 days. All other console formats and video game consoles are 3 hours in-library use only.

Roleplaying Manuals 

Located in Richter Library Stacks, primarily on the 6th floor call number GV1469
Check-out time, Standard Library Policy for books

Game Books
You can find books about games in the Richter Library Stacks, 6th floor call number GV1469

Digital Media Lab Services - Richter Library

Posters & 3D Printing:

We can print posters up to 44" wide and multiple feet long. We offer photograph printing up to 17x22. Visit our printing website for more information on requesting prints, costs, and turn around time.

We offer 3D printing on Ultimaker 3 printers. Visit our 3D printing website for more information on requesting prints, costs, and turn around time.

Equipment Rental - You can check out audiovisual equipment for up to 5 days, no cost. For full list and instrucrtions see website.

Digitzation - Digitize your old formats. The lab has equipment to digitize photos, negatives, VHS, cassette tape, vinyl. Mini DV, and 3 1/4  floppy disk.

Consultations - Our staff can answer questions on Adobe CC, iMovie, Final Cut, and AVID. We can also recommend software and hardware for your project ideas. Drop-ins welcome, or email us to schedule a consultation time.

Other -  The lab has a few tools you can use (in the library) for your creative projects. Please let us know in advance if you need one of our tools: paper cutter, long reach stapler, button maker and crayons.
Campus Labs
This is a list of other labs on the Coral Gables campus. Please contact the lab for information about availability for students outside of the lab's school or college.

School of Communication
Available for students in the School of Communication
General Computer Lab
Equipment Rental 305-284-3864

School of Architecture
School of Architecture has several makerspace style labs which contain computers, 3D printers, large format printers, laser cutters, wood working tools, photo lab, and other technology.

College of Engineering
The Johnson & Johnson 3D Printing Center of Excellence Collaboratory has high end 3D printers for use to engineering students. However, they also have standard Makerbots that will be available for students outside of the college to be able to order prints.

College of Arts & Science VizLab
The Visualization Lab has a large 2D and a 3D display.
Library Quick Links
Library Searches
Library Materials (not including articles)  about...

User Interface Design
Data Visualization
For more information as well as article searches, please use the search box on our library homepage.

website is an online education company offering thousands of video courses in software. These include, but are not limited to, Adobe CC, 3D Animation, iMovie, Microsoft Office, CAD, Programming Languages, Big Data, and Marketing.

UM IT has set-up a subscription for all students and employees here. You can visit the website through UM and log in with your CaneID and password.

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