The Digital Arts & Humanities Commons (DAHC) is an open floor plan interdisciplinary co-working space for digital scholarship, pedagogy, and creative practice located in Music 1410 (formerly the Arts Library). The Commons vision is a vibrant, accessible space for open research and interdisciplinary collaboration, bringing together faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates.


The DAHC is open during the hours of the Collaborate Print Spot which are determined by the Music Library. Please check the official schedule, but these are currently:

Center HoursRA Hours (Fall 2019)
Mon-Wed 9a-10pMon, Wed 11a-1p
Thu-Fri 9a-6pTues 12-4p, Thu 2-6p
Sun 2-10por by appt.

Equipment and Facilities

Laptop checkout

Windows and Mac laptops are available for general checkout through the Print Spot for use in the Commons. The laptops use campus WiFi; a pair of wired ethernet adapters are also available for checkout. These computers are “frozen,” meaning that any data saved on these laptops will be erased once they are restarted. This is intended to protect users by preventing personal data (Gmail messages, SSNs, passwords, etc.) from being left on a shared device.

Wired networking

A limited number of wired ethernet adaptors and network cables are available for checkout through the Print Spot. All network jacks in the DAHC commons are active, and checkout laptops are registered for ethernet connection.

Media carts

A media cart is a Windows PC and HDTV with wireless keyboard/mouse peripheral. Carts are available on a first-come first-served basis, although they may be reserved for group meetings, classes, or events.

Analog technologies

Seating and tables are available for up to 50 participants, and for large events there is standing room for many more. We make available five whiteboards. The Commons has lockers for secure storage; member groups should bring their own padlocks.

Contact dahc@hfa.ucsb.edu for reservations; see the Print Spot front desk for checkouts.


  • DAHC email: dahc@hfa.ucsb.edu
  • Faculty Director: Jeremy Douglass
  • Graduate RAs: Kramer Elwell, Raphael Radna

Advisory Board

  • Jeremy Douglass, English
  • Anthony Barbieri-Low, History
  • Laurel Beckman, Art
  • Alenda Chang, Film & Media Studies
  • Jon Jablonski, Library
  • Alan Liu, English
  • Claudia Moser, History of Art & Architecture
  • David Novak, Music
  • Laila Shereen Sakr, Film & Media Studies
  • Madeleine Sorapure, Writing Program

Past Research Assistants

  • Melina Gooray, History of Art & Architecture
  • Ryan Leach, English
  • Ali Rahman, Comparative Literature
  • Caitlin Rathe, History
  • Teddy Roland, English


The Digital Arts & Humanities Commons is an initiative of Dean John Majewski and the Division of Humanities & Fine Arts (HFA). It is generously supported by the services of the South Hall Administrative Support Center (SASC). Julie Cunningham and David Burby have been instrumental in the design, vision, and implementation of the Commons.