Propel your research to the next level in the STAR Lab!

Ready to take your research to the next level? The Scholarly Technology and Research (STAR) Lab at the Orbach Science Library (Room 147) is the perfect place.

With the launch of the STAR Lab, the UCR Library has created a dedicated space where UCR students and researchers can access advanced digital tools and software like NVivo and Adobe Creative Suite.

The STAR Lab boasts four high-performance Windows workstations, each loaded with a wide array of software for a variety of research needs. There's also a top-quality flat-bed scanner and a mobile TV monitor available for use.

“The STAR Lab takes lots of fantastic technology and applications that are often out of reach for the average student or researcher and presents them in an accessible space for different types of exploration and research,” said UCR Library’s Research Services Assistant Andrew Morales who helps run the STAR Lab. 

Wondering what you can do in the STAR Lab? It's not just about research – it's about bringing your creative and analytical ideas to life. Whether it’s:

  • Mapping
  • Photo editing
  • Data visualization
  • Video editing
  • Audio editing
  • Machine learning analysis
  • Running OCR (Optical Character Recognition) on documents and more!

We’ve even integrated Git into our systems. This means you can easily manage your work, ensuring it’s safe and shareable.

The STAR Lab embodies UCR Library’s commitment to digital scholarship and research excellence. Our goal is to empower UCR students and researchers with the best resources to conduct cutting-edge research, explore creative digital possibilities, and collaborate on innovative projects. 

The STAR Lab stays locked, but with a confirmed reservation, you can pick up a key from the Orbach Library Circulation Desk. Any UCR student, researcher, or staff member can reserve a workstation for almost two hours at a time, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. 

Curious to see the full list of software offered or want to book some time in the STAR Lab? Check out