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Learning Commons FAQ

What is a Learning Commons?

Within Academic Libraries a learning commons is an area that fosters the development of the twenty-first century student and scholar. This multifunctional and flexible space further integrates the library into the lives of students in collaboration with other campus departments and services. A Learning Commons integrates the new skillsets of librarians with 21st century technologies; provides students with ergonomic, portable, and flexible furniture; creates a light and open space; is food friendly; and facilitates a teaching and learning dynamic.

Where will the Learning Commons be located?

The Learning Commons will extend throughout the 1st floor of the Oviatt (including the Core and both Wings).

What hours will the Oviatt Library Learning Commons be open?

The Oviatt Library Learning Commons will be open all hours that the Oviatt Library is open.

What kinds of study spaces will be available?

Comfortable ergonomically-designed individual seating for reading and computing will be provided.  In addition, the Oviatt Library Learning Commons will offer group study rooms and different group seating configurations to allow for collaborative work with computing options.

Will there still be reference books (dictionaries, encyclopedias) available for consultation on the first floor?

Yes. The Oviatt Library Learning Commons will still offer students, faculty and staff a collection of print resources available for browsing. In addition, our growing electronic reference resources will also be searchable via online access to our growing collection.

What printing and copying equipment is available?

Printing will be available in the Oviatt Library Learning Commons and it will require the use of a debit card. Debit cards may be purchased within the Commons via vending machines.  Photocopying will also be available within the commons.

What kinds of computers will be available for use in the Oviatt Library Learning Commons?

The Oviatt Library Learning Commons will have desktop computing available for students.In addition the Learning Commons will be providing students with the ability to check out both laptop and tablets.

What services are available for students with disabilities?

What kind of help can I get?

One-on-one consultation and help with informational and technological support questions needed for course projects and assignments and other research needs will be fielded by both librarians and staff within the commons at the Research Consultation Desk.  Staff at the lobby circulation desk will also be available to provide assistance to students needing help. In addition to help at these service points, students will continue to benefit from the co-curricular instructional program offered via the Reference and Instructional Services Department. The Oviatt Library Learning Commons plans to also offer new workshop programming aimed at providing students with tips and help in learning new technologies, software and approaches to conducting research at CSUN.  The Reference and Instructional Services Department will also continue to offer online help via tutorials and web pages.