Learn, create, collaborate! The Commons connects students with the tools they need to be successful.
The History of The Commons
In 2005, the University Libraries and Office of Information Technology collaborated to create an innovative learning environment for students. Spaces were repurposed to support group study, equipment checkout, and services ranging from research and writing help to a variety of technology services. The goal was to bring together the services students need to do research, complete assignments, and learn skills for the future. The Commons has become a hub of activity, open 24-hours five nights a week, and providing an evolving array of services and technologies.
The Commons offers equipment for checkout such as laptops, scanners, calculators, cameras, video equipment, and more.
In 2006, Phases II and III of the Commons included the addition of electrical outlets, new equipment, and mobile furniture. A practice presentation room allowed students to practice presentations and conduct online meetings and interviews. The Studio media production lab expanded. The opening of a Starbucks and snack shop provided students with fuel and supplies.
Commons Phase III renovated the entire 2nd floor of Hodges Library creating a Main Street of frequently used services down the central corridor. Expanding on the idea of creating a comprehensive learning center for students, the renovation brought students a wealth of academic support options designed to keep them on track and to engage them in their own learning .
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