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

Monday, August 20, 2018
Grand Opening of the Learning Commons

The Library Learning Commons will open its doors on Monday, August 20, 2018. Until then, you will have exclusive access to previews of the different spaces that will be inside the commons. Stay tuned on this web page and on Facebook.

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The odyssey of our transition from Library to Learning Commons is now coming to an end

Dear Colleagues, The odyssey of our transition from Library to Learning Commons is now coming to an end.  If you’ve been in the quad since Convocation weekend, you will have seen that the landscaping around the renovated building is now nearly finished. Inside, many spaces in the wings of the building are ready to welcome … Continue reading The odyssey of our transition from Library to Learning Commons is now coming to an end

Student Success Centre

Located near the Writing Centre on the 2nd floor of the new Library Learning Commons, the Student Success Centre will regroup services targeted to students such as peer mentoring, international peer mentoring, club spaces, drop-in times with the SRC and more!

A completely new addition to the Library: the Learning Commons will be home to a café!

Come September you will be able to fuel your studying with gourmet bagels, grilled cheese and coffee!