A Learning Commons is being planned for the Rebecca Crown Library. The proposed plan is a student-facing plan, mirroring much of the original student commons plan — centralized services, multi-purpose meeting rooms, study rooms, social and gathering spaces, and more. The faculty and staff of the Rebecca Crown Library and Student Success and Engagement, along with other stakeholders, have been focusing on student-centered services and spaces. Without reducing the functions of the library, these elements can be distributed throughout the building to further enhance how students learn — socially, with a cup of coffee (lower level), in a structured environment with a tutor or librarian (main floor), or through independent study (second floor).
Priorities, dollars, and opportunity converge to make the learning commons the right project, with the greatest impact, at this moment. The university’s deepest goals for student success and engagement can best be achieved through a renewed focus on student learning located in the true heart of campus — the library. New professional partnerships between library faculty and staff, the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, and the Division of Student Success and Engagement will ensure a robust service delivery.