Reilly Learning Commons–Technology and Features

The Reilly Learning Commons is now open 24 hours!! HURRAH!! As you enter the space you’ll notice lounge seating and a large digital sign to share news and updates about the Learning Commons.

The first two rooms as you enter the space are for the Writing Center. They’ll be providing tutoring here with both appointments and drop-in hours. To see their full hours for the space visit the new webpage. When tutoring is not scheduled, the rooms will be available for students to reserve.

There are 5 additional group study rooms around the perimeter. They also have large monitors with HDMI wires for students to view their laptops as a group. The group study rooms are reservable by visiting the website. We are encouraging students to always reserve a room so another group does not show up and ask them to leave. In each of the rooms, the blue walls are writeable! Some have chalk and some have dry-erase markers.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

There are four booth seating, or collaboration areas with large monitors and HDMI cords. You just have to plug the cord into the HDMI outlet on your laptop, this turns the TV on automatically. Once the TV is on, just push the play button on the wire and it will send the screen to the large monitor. You’ll be able to work on group projects more easily! Four students can have their devices plugged in at a time and switch between them by pushing the play button on each cord. These seating areas also have two stools and a high counter for additional students to work together.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn addition to the group study rooms and the collaborative booth areas, we’ve also added 6 new high end PCs and 6 new iMacs! They each have dual monitors and have brand new software including Adobe Creative Suite, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, and more. We’ve ordered additional chairs so students will be able to work in pairs at these stations. We also have our 19 old lab PCs, and several open stations for students to bring their own device.

Along the back wall you’ll find the Tech Support office that will be staffed by student workers throughout the semester to help with technology in the space. The middle room along the back wall is for Lecture Capture. Students will be able to reserve this room and it will be used to practice presentations and record them online using Panopto, the same software used in classrooms for lecture capture.

The funding for the Reilly Learning Commons was done entirely through fundraising by the Library Dean, Charles Kratz and the University’s Development Office. The planning was done by a team of librarians, teaching faculty, members of IT Services, CTLE, campus facilities, and a design from architects Hemmler and Camayd.

New Library Website

Exciting news for our Library website users (which, considering our online catalog and databases, must be all of you):

The Library’s entire website has undergone a redesign, with an official launch date of Monday, August 23rd.

It has been a busy summer here in the Library, spent revising and redesigning how we offer our services via the Library website. We believe the new website meets all of our goals for functionality and service. All of the functionality you are used to is still available and clearly named, it just may be in a new location. The new website should also be easier to navigate, so we expect this transition to be a helpful one for the entire University community.

In the meantime, it is possible that when you visit our website this weekend, you will begin to see our new web pages as we roll them out.

A sneak peak of what to expect when you visit our Library home page on the first day of Fall classes. Click to enlarge.

For those of you more accustomed to accessing our resources via the Library tab in, the layout of that page remains the same.

If you have any questions, or wish to provide feedback or suggestions about the new Library website (And please do–we welcome it!), please email us at or leave us a comment here.

Thank you for your cooperation and support during this important transition!