Latest Donor-funded Learning and Study Space Improvements

October 24, 2017

Learning Commons Transformation, Lower Level of the W. E. B. Du Bois Library –   Phase I, Fall, 2018

Since 2005, the largest and most popular space on campus for undergraduates to study and collaborate with peers is the Learning Commons.  In partnership with Teknion, students returned this fall to new modern computer tables and furnishings providing comfortable, technology-rich spaces for work and study and additional power for laptops and cell phones. Currently in process is a new integrated services “Ask Us” desk, which will offer peer-to-peer support for everything from checking out library materials and reserves to technology solutions, providing patrons with a simplified user experience.


Digital Scholarship Center , W. E. B. Du Bois Library – Completed April, 2018

Donors funded the creation of a new Digital Scholarship Center to assist students and faculty with digital projects, provide access to image databases, teach image discovery techniques, and provide consultation and assistance for faculty members who maintain their own image collections.


Special Collections Seminar Room, W. E. B. Du Bois Library – Completed December, 2017

Generous alumni and friends created a new seminar and instruction room for faculty and archivists to teach using primary-source materials from Special Collections and University Archives


Graduate Commons –W. E. B. Du Bois Library – December, 2017 

In partnership with the Graduate School and the Provost’s office, the Libraries created the campus’s first-ever Graduate Commons; a professional space outfitted with workstations, conference rooms, comfortable lounge seating, and secure storage for scholarly materials to meet the needs of our master’s and doctoral students.  


W. E. B. Du Bois Lobby Renovation – Completed September, 2017

In partnership with HB Communications, the Du Bois Library installed in the lobby state-of-the-art audiovisual walls and immersive user wayfinding for the 1.5 million visitors who come through the Library doors each year. KI New England and Lexington Group outfitted the lobby with new comfortable furniture and a customer-focused information desk, as well as an enhanced display space for new books.

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