Mills Learning Commons
The Mills Reference Collection on the 2nd floor is being reconfigured this week to make room for additional study space. The new layout eliminates the central aisle, thus creating space along the windows for study carrels. The new layout is expected to achieve three objectives: to add more study space; to increase the amount of natural light; and to make finding reference material easier.
In September the Library will implement the first phase of the Mills Learning Commons, an exciting new facility combining premier information resources, state-of-the-art computers, expert help, new instruction opportunities and a variety of individual and group study spaces. Phase I will focus on the 2nd floor Reference Area while Phase II (Summer 2006) will expand the facility into the McLay Reading Room and the 3rd floor Mezzanine.
At its first meeting on June 29th, the Knowledge Commons Project Review Committee adopted a new name for the Commons Facility in Mills. Now officially called the "Mills Learning Commons", the name represents a more active approach to enhancing learning at McMaster. Implementation of this approach will be guided by the Statement of Objectives for the Facility.
It’s 11 a.m. on a weekday in March and you need to study for a mid-term. You head over to the Library to find a quiet spot. You can’t find a seat anywhere.
Groups of students sit on the floor collaborating on projects. All the group study rooms are being used.
In the reference area, students are lined up waiting to use the computers.
The Library has made a proposal to the University Planning Committee to create a Knowledge Commons (working title) in the Mills Library.
If fully realized the Commons would become an integrated learning facility with up to 200 wired computers, wireless access for up to 120 simultaneous users, 6 collaborative study rooms and 79 lounge seats.
The Concept and Feasibility Study, artists' drawings and proposed floor plans are available on the Knowledge Commons web page.