Learning Commons at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
Of the University’s priorities, construction of the Learning Commons in the Mansfield Library will have the most meaningful and dramatic impact on the greatest number of students. It will provide space and the technology for collaborative learning outside the classroom — promoting teamwork and helping students develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
Although printed materials remain available and useful, students rely on information in digital form for much of their study and research. The Learning Commons will greatly enhance this electronic flow of information. A volunteer committee is leading the fundraising for the project.
The addition of the Learning Commons is critical to a 21st century learning environment and a proven way to increase connection, collaboration and library usage.
The Learning Commons will offer students:• A technology-rich environment.
• Flexible spaces for collaborative study and small-group instruction.
• A corporate-style boardroom for meetings and video conferencing.
• A dedicated Math Center and Writing Center.
• Enhanced wireless Internet service.
• Research assistance from UM librarians.
• Copying and printing services.
The Learning Commons is more than enhanced technology. In contrast to previous generations, today’s students combine academic and social activities. The Learning Commons also will offer:
• A gallery space with conversation-style tables and comfortable chairs.
• A small café for coffee, other beverages and quick meals.
• Floor-to-ceiling windows for more natural light and expansive views of Montana’s four seasons.