University of Iowa

Learning Commons completed

When the new academic year begins Monday, Aug. 26, the university will open a new Learning Commons in the Main Library, a tech-infused, 24-hour, comfortable study space and one-stop academic help center … with good coffee.

Students can reserve open study areas and private group study spaces that seat up to six people. In both spaces, they can connect their laptops to LCD screens to display and share content. They’ll have their pick of 100 new desktop computers, and can lounge in the expanded Food for Thought Café.

Students, faculty, and staff will also find the Main Library's Service Desk in the Learning Commons. Library staff will be available to check in and out library materials, and to answer any library questions as well as basic technology and academic questions.

The Learning Commons will be open all day and night with the exception of Friday and Saturday nights, in direct response to students’ ongoing requests for 24-hour study space on campus.

The 37,000-square-foot space is the product of a partnership among the Office of the Provost, University Libraries, and Information Technology Services (ITS). Please be sure to mark your calendar for an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. (full story)