Research Commons

Research Commons

Reservations and Usage Policies

Welcome to the new research commons!  Filling the center of the northern side of the first floor, this facility offers flexible, technology-enabled spaces in which students and faculty can utilize library resources, conduct research, and collaborate with one another.

Some two hundred users can be accommodated in wireless computing environments for small and large groups.  Features include pods with work surfaces configured around large-screen monitors; group study rooms; a classroom; laptop lending service; a small number of computer workstations; and printers, a copier, and a scanner.

Open Commons Area

This large space features open "pods" for collaborative research, including study groups, office hours, and small seminars. Designed for up to ten users, the twenty-two pods are equipped with large LCD monitors operated by laptops. Intended to stimulate interdisciplinary exchange and discovery by serendipity, the pods are ideal for groups that are happy to share their projects and discussions with other users.

Group Study Rooms

The fifteen rooms accommodate groups of two to six people, and ten are equipped with wall-mounted, thirty-inch LCD screens operated by laptops.


It is equipped with twenty-four moveable desks and wireless laptops, ceiling-mounted projector and screen, and multi-regional DVD player.