About the Building

The James and Anne Duderstadt Center, a part of the U-M Library, formerly known as the Media Union, opened in 1996 as a special place to provide faculty and students with the tools and collaborative space for creating the future. Located on the University of Michigan North Campus, the Duderstadt Center houses the Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library, the College of Engineering Computer Aided Engineering Network (CAEN), the Digital Media Commons, and the Millennium Project, the building provides a nexus for creative and technological innovation across disciplines. The Mujo Cafe provides a space for refreshment and social interaction.

With 400+ computers available 24/7, the Duderstadt Center is the largest public computing site at the University of Michigan. It also offers student access to 3D and virtual reality labs, a large video production studio, a state-of-the-art audio recording studio, two electronic music studios and two teleconferencing rooms. The library's engineering resources are among the most comprehensive in the country with large portions of its journal holdings being available electronically. The library's Special Collections and Visual Resources Collection (Imageworks) offer special resources to support the School of Art and Design, and the College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Designed by Albert Kahn Associates of Detroit, the building opened its doors in 1996. A vast north-facing expanse of glass illuminates the 1st floor atrium, its colorful mural "Euclid's Comet" by Dorothea Rockburne, and 2nd floor library lobby. The pyramidal skylight over the center of the building further enhances the openness of the core space. Indirect lighting provides a glare-free setting for individual and group study and library shelving areas. Conceived with flexibility in mind, the space is quickly adapting to the wireless environment and the increasing need for group workspaces.

The Duderstadt Center is open to the general public. However, most computing resources and special services are limited to University of Michigan students, faculty, and staff.


Jeweled Net of the Vast Invisible:
May 13-15, Noon
6:00 pm daily
Duderstadt Center
Video Studio

Jeweled Net is a visualization of the distribution of dark matter in the universe, based on data from a massive billion-particle computer simulation. The installation features a continuously running multi-channel video projection in a twenty-foot high, 140-degree panorama and acoustic environment, immersing viewers in the vast jeweled spaces and sonic structures derived from the data. In the May 2015 installation, viewers will fly through a simulation of dark matter in the process of evolving from an evenly disbursed field immediately following the Big Bang, to the distribution that characterizes our universe at the present epoch.

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Library Talent Circus
June 1-5, Noon-6 p.m.
Duderstadt Center Gallery
Live Performances
June 3, 1-5 p.m.
Video Studio

The 2015 Library Talent Circus will highlight the unique and varied talents found within the UM Libraries. Artwork created by staff will be displayed in the gallery during the week and live performances will be featured in the Video Studio on Wednesday afternoon.