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Learning Commons As Concept 

The Learning Commons is more than just about study space; the LC embodies intangible concepts all of which support student learning. There are many factors that combine together to create a Learning Commons such as the resources and support it provides, its ability to engage users in connection to “innovative pedagogy," along with providing a social space in which to collaborate. The user-centric model is meant to provide a space that is relevant and current to the needs of the students, hopefully in connection to their academic goals, but not limited to academia.

History of Learning Commons Development

A collaboratively supported effort between the University Libraries, Office of Information Technologies (OIT), and various academic offices and programs on campus, the Learning Commons was initially established in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library in 2005.  Following the initial opening, the Learning Commons has expanded twice to accommodate increasing usage and demands on equipment and services; the latest expansion occuring in July 2010, when Circulation and Reserves Services moved to the Learning Commons.

The UMass Amherst Learning Commons is located on the Lower Level of the W.E.B. Du Bois library at the heart of the campus. This collaborative space brings together library, technology, and other campus services in an environment that fosters informal, collaborative and creative work, and social interaction (LC Factsheet).


Last Edited: 23 January 2012