Learning Commons Features


How Spaces Can Inspire Minds

The Learning Commons changes minds about what a library is, how it works, and what it’s supposed to do. By seamlessly navigating the ever-changing learning landscape, The Learning Commons in effect removes previous barriers to knowledge creation. Since it is far more than a repository for information, the facility instantly became a place where people collaborate and create knowledge, using the latest technology and the energy that is borne of intellectual exchange and inspirational spaces.

Learning Commons Features

  • 72,000 Square Feet of New Learning Spaces: Four levels of open, accessible and technologically advanced facilities.
  • The Atrium: A three-story, soaring, all-glass welcoming area that serves as the center court for the entire Learning Commons facility, with a Grand Stair reaching to the upper floors. Featuring permanent sculptures and visiting art exhibits.
  • The Knowledge Bar: In the Atrium, where students get individual expert advice, or find information on their own using advanced interactive tools.
  • Automatic Book-Retrieval System: A new way for ready access to information, nearly instant results, and valuable space preservation for learning. The ABRS is visible in the Atrium in a soundproof glass enclosure that serves as its own living exhibit of tradition transformed by technology.
  • Collaborative Learning Environments: In the Marketplace—adjustable walls and large open spaces to accommodate advances in group learning; environments for sharing large computer screens in group set-ups.
  • Private or Group Study Areas: The North and South Glass House Study Areas; The Hearth Lounge, and The Alee Study Lounge.
  • Social Gathering Spaces: Northwest Café Seating, Southwest Café Seating, “The Street,” Outdoor Café Terrace, South Lawn Amphitheater.
  • Traditional Library Facilities: Northeast Pennsylvania Archive; Reading Room & Gallery; Training spaces; Private and Group Study Spaces.
  • The Center for Communication Arts: The home of the Communication Arts program includes a Sound Stage for Video and Television Production and Audio Recording; Radio Station; Animation, Editing, and Audio Labs; Broadcast, Online & Print Journalism facilities.
  • Presentation Practice Facility: Visual, aural, and software technology in one space that enables students and teachers to build, practice and execute their multimedia presentation skills.
  • The Entrepreneur Launch Pad: A resource for multi-discipline student interaction in creating and launching business enterprises, drawing on visiting professionals’ real-world experiences, and infused with a broad academic and theoretical basis in ethical business practices.
  • Information and Technology Services: Centralized technical resources to manage the entire facility.
  • Outside Amphitheatre: Tiered natural lawn, facing the Outdoor Café Terrace, which becomes a stage when the amphitheatre is used for performances.
  • Roof Level: Traditional Quiet Study Areas, Executive offices, Staff Lounge, and a Planted Green Roof. 

Additional Features

The Center for Transformational Teaching and Learning

The Center for Transformational Teaching and Learning (CTTL) at Marywood University serves as a catalyst for innovation and professional development for pre-service, in-service, and postsecondary educators. Through the integration of pedagogy, technology, and innovation, the CTTL applies Marywood’s rich tradition of teacher education to a changing educational landscape. Through the assistance of the CTTL, educators are equipped to empower a global, diverse community of students to transform an interdependent world.

The Regional Archives

The community’s most treasured documents are a powerful source of knowledge, both for Marywood’s students and for scholars around the world. As a repository of valuable local history, the Regional Archives allow the University to preserve and exhibit precious artifacts and significant materials from Marywood’s cherished past and from the rich heritage of Northeast Pennsylvania. Maintaining strong ties to area libraries, archives, museums, and schools, the Regional Archives at Marywood University provide meaningful opportunities for historical research and cultural appreciation.