Library and Learning Commons Expansion Opens!

Dear Monash Malaysia students,

After several months of intensive transformation and renovation, the Library expansion opened its doors this morning offering a much more inviting and engaging space with 20 % additional seating capacity.

When you enter the Library and Learning Commons on the third floor of Building 9 - from the corridor across ITS Service Desk - the “LOUNGE” provides a combination of sofas, ottomans, low chairs, coffee tables and print and “Ask A Librarian” stations. The use of rich fabric tones and wooden furniture creates an atmosphere of warmth and creative energy, which I hope you’ll enjoy.

Acknowledging varied learning preferences, you will have a choice between individual and collaborative, quiet and social spaces. The “LEARN” and “CONTEMPLATE” zones and the individual study alcoves along the corridor have been designed for self-directed learning and research. Power outlets and WIFI are available throughout the new expansion, making it convenient to access Library resources, charge devices and use Monash print options.

Library expansion - Learn
Library expansion - Contemplate

Located just beyond the ITS Service Desk, two new collaborative spaces are integral to the Library and Learning Commons expansion. The “CREATE” space – which Engineering students have already adopted as I write this update – and the “ENGAGE” space were designed as informal learning spaces to create, invent, collaborate and work in groups. All facilities are WIFI-enabled. You will have access to the facilities through an active Monash ID.

If you have not done so yet, I invite you to come discover the much awaited expansion in person. We, at the Library, sincerely hope it will help contribute positively to your academic experience as a Monash student.

Library expansion - Create
Library expansion - Happy students

I have one small favour to ask each of you to ensure that the Library and Learning Commons remains a pleasant and effective learning space at all times: keep it clean and tidy, and do not bring or consume any food into library-managed spaces, including the “CREATE” and “ENGAGE” areas.

In response to students’ feedback, I am pleased to announce that the “CREATE” and “ENGAGE” spaces will be accessible every day of the week from 07.00am until regular library closing hours. The LOUNGE, LEARN and CONTEMPLATE zones will follow the regular Library hours.

Warm regards,
Isabelle Eula,

11 April 2016