The Library offers three Commons spaces: Geisel East (2nd Floor), Geisel West (2nd Floor), and BLB (1st Floor). These areas are intended to enhance the educational achievement and personal growth of UCSD students. All offer a variety of amenities, including computers, software, competent help and support, educational services, collaboration areas, and comfortable seating. By providing pleasant and well-equipped spaces in which to study, think, develop new ideas, collaborate with others, or just rest, read a good book, or surf the net, Learning Commons foster student creativity and discovery.
This area focuses on undergraduates and houses nearly 100 computers (Windows PCs and Macs). It is an active, collaborative learning area and includes Audrey's Cafe. Peer Consultants are available at the service desk to assist with general and technology-related questions. The space also offers scanners, copiers, printers, group study rooms, tables and comfortable seating, a high-tech collaboration table, games, and Walk-stations. This area also houses the Active Learning Lab and the Digital Media Lab. During applicable overnight hours, this area serves as the Overnight Study Commons. Different policies may apply during these hours.
This area focuses more on upper-level undergraduates and grad students, and houses nearly 60 computers (Windows PCs). This space tends to be quieter than the east side and accommodates individual study and quiet reading. Staff at the Research Assistance Desk located here can assist with entry level and advanced research questions. The space offers copiers, printers, tables and comfortable seating, and the Data & GIS Lab. Government documents, reference materials, current journals and newspapers, maps, microforms, popular science books, and new books are also housed here.
This area houses roughly 100 computers (Windows PC & Mac), and is an active, collaborative learning area. Peer Consultants are available at the service desk to assist with general and technology-related questions. The space also offers a general purpose scanner and high-resolution scanner (in multimedia room), copiers, printers, tables and comfortable seating, and nearby group study rooms. A presentation practice room with a digital projector and a small multimedia room for creating everything from simple images to complex sound and videos are also located here.
Peer Consultants and other Commons staff provide the following services to help users solve problems and maximize users' time in the Commons:
Send questions, comments, and suggestions to LearningSpaces@ucsd.edu.
Last revised: D. Tweedy, 7/28/16