We are currently open 12-5pm Mon-Thurs for our summer hours. Please email designcenter@barnard.edu with questions for design-related support.

Getting Started: How We Work

Where We're Located

To visit us, head to the Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning. We're located on the first floor, right between the Digital Humanities Center and the Media Center.

What To Know Before You Arrive

Before stopping by, you should purchase project materials and prepare any digital files you need well in advance of your visit. Curious about where to buy materials like wood, acrylic, fabric, and more? Check out our resource guide for advice. 

Getting Safety Trained

In order to use equipment, you’ll need to complete a safety orientation led by Design Center staff. These run for about 20-30 minutes, and cover safety tips you should be mindful of when using our space and tools. 

Check our calendar to see when upcoming safety orientations are happening.

Using Equipment

If it's your first time learning something, you can either use machine-specific instructional guides we've posted around the room, or attend a "Getting Started" drop-in session during the Fall and Spring semesters.

However, please note: you have to be personally trained by Center staff before using any of our woodworking tools.

Find more information on Getting Started times and dates here.

For more information, visit our Tools & Equipment page.