Xavier University - McDonald Library

Xavier University - McDonald Library

Cincinnati, OH

As a prototype project for the Learning Commons at Xavier University’s Hoff Academic Quad, the University renovated the first floor of the existing library to accommodate many of the concepts and principles upon which the Learning Commons would be based. The entire first floor of the library was cleared of stacks to create an open, flexible environment to promote and facilitate collaborative and spontaneous learning.

As a result, the first floor was also opened up to an exterior courtyard garden, allowing occupants to us the outdoor space that was previously hidden and secured from the library areas. The circulation, reference and help desk was reconfigured to create a focal point and an inviting entrance. Moveable and fixed furniture systems have been combined to allow a variety of uses. Both wired and wireless network access are provided throughout the spaces.

Collaborative technology walls, which combine writeable wall coverings with flat panel that can display locally from a laptop, were developed around they perimeter of the space. These areas provide students, faculty and staff an opportunity to work together and share information and ideas in multiple formats. In addition, an experimental classroom was created. This flexible classroom can be used in a multiple of ways with flexible furniture and technology infrastructure.

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