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UM to update Learning Commons in Mansfield Library

Plans currently are taking shape to update the Learning Commons in UM's Mansfield Library to better support student success. The Learning Commons will be upgraded to incorporate a variety of study areas, including multimedia work pods, areas for tutoring, group study and independent work. 

"The Learning Commons initiative is a cornerstone of our focus on student success," UM President Royce Engstrom said. "Group study areas will be equipped with the technology you find in state-of-the-art office buildings. Librarians will be right there ready to assist students in accessing the information they need."

The Mansfield Library was built in 1973 before computers, the Internet and wireless networks became ingrained in education. There have been no significant renovations since then.

"We are in the Digital Age, and new knowledge travels around the world in an instant," Engstrom said. "Librarians in the Learning Commons will facilitate access to the latest information. The space for collaboration will encourage collective thinking and problem solving."

The University and the UM Foundation are working together to garner private support for the Learning Commons. To learn more about the project and how to support the Learning Commons visit, call Curtis Cox, UM Foundation assistant vice president, principal gifts, at 406-243-2585 or email