Learning Commons Transformation

Renovations at Bishop’s University’s John Bassett Memorial Library have begun! The Library will undergo a $17 million renovation transforming it into a Learning Commons scheduled to open September 2018.

The Learning Commons project reflects the key values we espouse at Bishop’s University: our liberal education approach facilitates learning journeys that are curiosity-driven, transformational, and rigorous for all members of our community.

In the past 15 years, many educational institutions (especially in higher education) have reimagined the role of the library as a learning commons – a central space for research, collaboration, and exploration.

The Learning Commons at Bishop’s University is designed to explore the rich intersections between learning, space, and technology. The John Bassett Library is in the process of being transformed into a 21st century hub for knowledge creation, knowledge mobilization, and knowledge sharing.

The Learning Commons will help us as we aspire to be the institution of choice for outstanding young people seeking academic excellence and a comprehensive undergraduate experience in a community that instills confidence, courage, and a sense of responsibility in its students.

Learning Commons lounge area

Important Events & Dates

Until mid November 2017
Consultation and Selection of Furniture

Until March 2018
Deselection Period for the Collection

July-August 2018
Move of the library into the new building

September 2018
Grand Opening of the Learning Commons

Latest News

Closure of the pathway between the Library and Pollack until the end of construction

Good Afternoon, Please note that the construction of the Learning Commons started earlier this week and will go on for about a year. For safety reasons, the pathway between the Library and Pollack will be closed until the end of construction. Also, please be advised that noisy works (demolition of the main entrance stairs) will … Continue reading Closure of the pathway between the Library and Pollack until the end of construction


Update on the Learning Commons Project

Dear Colleagues, I write with a brief update on the Learning Commons Project. The first (demolition) phase of the renovation is now complete.  Library employees and representatives of user groups toured the cleared space on May 10th.  At the end of the tour, the project’s Executive Committee gave a comprehensive update on consultation, funding, life … Continue reading Update on the Learning Commons Project


Major Infrastructure Investments at Bishop’s

Dear Community members, This morning at 10:30 a.m., the honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Francophonie, and Quebec Minister responsible for Higher Education Hélène David, our local Members of the National Assembly, Guy Hardy (St-François) and Minister of Culture and Communications Luc Fortin (Sherbrooke) will be on campus … Continue reading Major Infrastructure Investments at Bishop’s