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.

DMC Open House

DMC Open House
November 23
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Duderstadt Center
Conference Room Corridor

During this past summer, with the generous support of Stephen S. Clark, the Advanced Podcasting Room was rebuilt to support the changing needs expressed by faculty and students. The space, now named the DMC Personal Studio, has enhanced video and audio capability and is able to support a multi-camera shoot with different modes of capturing or streaming an activity.

Please join us to learn more about the Digital Media Commons (DMC) Personal Studio and the newly upgraded Conference/Collaboration Rooms. We will have staff on hand to answer all your questions and discuss ways you may be able to use the resources. Refreshments will be served in our Teleconferencing Room 1180.

To view a short introductory video, please visit Personal Studio Intro


November 19 - 25
Duderstadt Center Gallery

Some ideas need to be expressed visually rather than on a stage; here's our solution. Chroma: The intensity/purity of a color. Presented by TEDxUofM and showcasing the artwork of both students and faculty. More at TEDxUofM