Lyons New Media Centre

We have the digital tools for your creative soul

Need to create posters, digital art, podcasts and more? We have the tools you need!

Have to shoot a video for a class project , but you don't have a camera? We can help with that!

Want to relax making some origami, knitting or colouring? Pop by and see what we have to offer! 

We are located in Mills Library on the 4th floor, right outside Elevators #3 and #4.

Lyons New Media Centre

Lyons News

Our latest news

Free Workshops at Lyons

Jan 11/19 - Register now for the upcoming Adobe Photoshop Series workshops at Lyons New Media Centre. No experience or software required.

New: Check out our Zen Zone!

Oct 18/18 - This week, Lyons opened its "Zen Zone" space! It's located in the back corner of the PC gaming / audio recording booth room...

Need to record audio? We've got you covered!

Sept 27/18 - Whether you're podcasting, doing vocal work, and even recording music (bring your own instrument, though), we've got you covered!

Small Changes to the Booking System

Sept 25/18 - Due to feedback given by you, our gamers, we have made a few changes to our booking system over the summer months...

Changes to Gaming

September 24/18 - There have been some changes made to gaming since last year, including console gaming being moved to a different room, and the PC gaming systems getting a new locking system...

CFMU's Sixty Seconds with Rhonda Moore

February 14/18 - A CFMU sixty second video interview with Rhonda Moore, Lyons New Media Centre Manager.

Media Creation

The Rooms

The main room of Lyons New Media Centre (L411) has the following to offer:

  • 12 high-end media editing computers w/specialized software (these computers are to be used for media creation only)
  • video wall
  • laptop bar by the windows
  • soft seating by the laptop bar & video wall
  • collaboration/group-work booths
  • Help Desk
    • tinker toys, microphones, headphones, 3D printing, and all bookable rooms/items borrowed from here
    • basic assistance with multimedia hurdles

This room works as both a media classroom and a green screen/photography/filming room. You can book the media classroom online. *If you need equipment or the backdrops, make sure to specify in your booking. Also: The booking system only allows 2 hours. If you need additional time (2.5-4 hours total for a single booking), please note this in your booking description.

Available equipment for green screen/filming bookings:

  • Green screen wall
  • 3 backdrops (white, black and green) *Do not operate yourself, ask Lyons staff to assist
  • Camera equipment
    • video camera
    • Nikon SLR camera [no video, just still images]
    • Nikon SLR w/60mm fixed lens - good for close up/macro work
    • tripod
    • camera mic
  • Light box (with 4 different coloured backdrops)
  • Studio lights
  • Exception: Computer equipment/smartboard in the room is not available for green screen room usage.

Available equipment for Media Classroom bookings by Instructors (with Manager's permission):

  • Computer w/media speakers & SMARTboard
  • Laptops with Adobe Creative Cloud installed
  • Classroom setting for 12 students plus 1 instructor

Added in Spring 2018, the Audio Recording Booth is bookable online and is nestled in the right side of L414.

Our audio recording booth is a great new space for recording your audio work. Whether you are recording a podcast for a class; doing a voice over for a video; or recording a demo for your next big hit, the recording booth is available to you. You must be a current McMaster student or staff member, with valid Mac ID to use the booth.

In the booth:

  • Computer equipped with Audacity and Adobe Audition
  • RODE microphone and filter, with adjustable arm
  • Audio interface
  • High stool
  • Music stand with light for script/music
  • Headphones (available at the Help Desk)

The two bookable Edit Studios are equipped with media editing computers and audio-visual equipment.

Available equipment in Edit Studio L415:

Available equipment in Edit Studio L416:

  • Media editing computer (see software list
  • Audio/video listing/viewing station including:
    • DVD player, VHS player, record player, cassette deck, large screen TV

Also available (at Help Desk) for use in the edit suites:

  • USB condenser microphones
  • Headphones

The AV & Console Gaming Room (L418) is the "fishbowl" room near the Lyons entrance. This is bookable online, like the Edit Suites. It seats approximately four people and has a monitor affixed to the wall, as well as gaming consoles (PS3, PS4, XBox 360, XBox One & Wii).

Note: There is no computer housed within this room. If you want to edit media, please book L415 or L416, one of the Edit Studios.

Our new relaxation/anti-anxiety space called the "Zen Zone" is located in the back corner of the PC gaming / audio recording booth room (just ask at the Help Desk and they'll point you in the right direction).

Puzzles, origami, knitting, quiet games, cards, colouring and more will be available to anyone who wishes to sit and relax in this space. It is designated as a quiet, de-stress zone.

As there may be audio recordings happening in the booth, only whispered conversation is permitted in this space. Bring in your tea or coffee (but please eat your food elsewhere) and chill out in the Zen Zone. No need to book anything -- everything you need is right there in the room.

LNMC Computer Availability

Cameras & Equipment


Most of the equipment on this page can simply be asked for at the Lyons Help Desk. The camera equipment needs to be booked. Click on each for details and links.

Camera & Filming Equipment

Cameras, tripods and more are available.

Microphones & Headphones

Headphones & microphones available for use in Lyons.


Robots that can be controlled with a smartphone.

Tinker Equipment

Tinker equipment includes things such as VR headsets, circuit kits, etc.

Craft Kits

Crafting kits are available for relaxing.

Cables & Adapters

Gaming & laptop video adapters.

Library Assistant

905-525-9140 ext.22081

Manager, Lyons New Media Centre

905-525-9140 ext.21391

Library Media Specialist

905-525-9140 ext.26106

Digital Media Specialist

905-525-9140 ext.26189
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