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Media Design Lab: Policies


The Media Design Lab is available to currently enrolled UNC Asheville students, faculty, and staff on a first-come, first-serve basis. You may also reserve a workstation by clicking here.

Food and drink are not allowed in the lab.

Lab computers are erased each day. Be sure to ask the lab assistant if you need to store your work-in-progress video files on the lab's external hard drive so you can come back to it next time. We recommend the added security of bringing your own storage to save your work onto. One option is Google Drive, which provides free unlimited space for all UNC Asheville email accounts. The lab is not responsible for lost data files.

​Downloading software is not allowed. If there is something you need that isn’t already provided at your workstation, speak with the lab attendant.

For general computing activities such as word processing, web browsing or email, students are encouraged to use the computers located on the library's main level.

The lab is intended primarily for academic use, however you may work on non-academic projects when workstations are available. At any point, you may be asked to let others use your workstation if they need it for course-related work.

When leaving the lab for any amount of time, please let the lab attendant know. We will hold your workstation for 15 minutes before turning it over to someone else who needs it. Be sure to save all your work before leaving your workstation unattended.

Duplicating Copyrighted Material

  • You may contact the copyright holder for permission to duplicate. Permission is granted on a case-by-case basis and must be obtained in writing.
  • A faculty member needing a DVD copy of a program may contact their department’s bibliographer who can purchase a copy and place it in Ramsey Library’s collection for checkout. Each department is allotted money for this purpose.
  • Faculty members may place media on reserve at the Ramsey Library circulation desk.
  • “Fair use” allows certain leeway in the duplication of a portion of a copyrighted work. Click here for Ramsey Library's explanation of copyright and fair use. The UNC System's Fair Use Worksheet can also help you determine if a particular use is allowed.

Fair Use Guidelines