UI celebrates Main Library Learning Commons with grand opening

UI celebrates Main Library Learning Commons with grand opening

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Renovated space is proving to be popular spot for UI students
University of Iowa dignitaries cut a ribbon to open the new Learning CommonsUI Foundation President and CEO Lynette Marshall, President Mason, UI student Kyra Seay, University Librarian John Culshaw, student member to the State Board of Regents Hannah Walsh, Executive Vice President and Provost P. Barry Butler, Regent Robert Downer, Chief Information Officer Steve Fleagle, and Associate Provost Beth Ingram cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the Main Library Learning Commons. Photos by Tom Jorgensen.

The University of Iowa celebrated the new Main Library Learning Commons with a grand opening on Feb. 21.

UI President Sally Mason, Executive Vice President and Provost P. Barry Butler, University Librarian John Culshaw, UI student Kyra Seay, and others were on hand to officially open the new, state-of-the-art, study space that has been a hit among students on campus.

The Learning Commons features 24 group study spaces, approximately 200 desktop and laptop computers, a 45-seat TILE classroom, printers and scanners, multimedia resources, and expert library and technical staff.

The Learning Commons recently won a Masters Award from the Master Builders of Iowa, the first time a UI project has won the award. The project was one of 100 submissions in the $5-10 million construction cost category.

The photo gallery below features images of the Learning Commons in action, along with images from the grand opening.

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