About Bryan Information Commons
About the Commons
The Bryan Information Commons, named in honor of the Rebecca C. Bryan family, is a state-of-the-art, two story addition to the Kimbel Library. The Bryan Information Commons provides individual computer workstations, collaborative group Mediascapes, high-tech study and presentation rooms, and areas of comfortable soft seating to allow for reflection and study. Besides providing natural light, the expansive windows afford spectacular views of the campus. A seating area adjoining the vending machine room features booths and small café tables. All tables throughout the commons are wired to allow easy access for plugging in laptops and other equipment. Study and presentation rooms are equipped with ENO boards and large screen monitors for multi-purpose functionality. Rooms are equipped with the technology needed to work on a group project, watch a movie, record a presentation, or participate in a Skype or Adobe Connect session, to name a few of their uses. Study and presentation rooms are available on a first-come basis. Control panels and pens for the ENO boards, wireless keyboards, remote controls for projectors, and other peripherals can be checked out at the Peter C. Bolton Help Desk on the first floor of the commons. Assistance is provided at the help desk or by filling out the online Research Consultation form, for in-depth reference questions.
What is an Information Commons?
The Information Commons is a relatively new concept in library design. It provides a one-stop shop for students by providing essential services under one roof. The Bryan Information Commons provides reference service, computer assistance, Writing Center services, math tutoring, and support for project development in a high tech, state-of-the-art facility. In the commons you'll find individual study areas, group study rooms, and lots of collaborative spaces where you can share ideas and work on projects.
Please visit the Access Services Department to find policies and procedures for checking out materials, using equipment, and contacting librarians.