This dynamic, student-centered space is located on the main floor of the Library.
Featuring advanced technology, integrated service points, and a variety of study spaces, the Learning Commons is designed to enhance the scholarly, creative, and professional pursuits of the Brock Community. This welcoming environment offers unique opportunities for students to collaborate with their peers, exchange ideas, and find support for their academic activities.
Learning Commons Partners
We offer an array of services within a dynamic and vibrant learning environment.
Fresh new space
- 11 group study rooms that can be reserved for use by student groups
- a variety of study areas: booths, couches, tables, counters, individual study carrels
- 2 classrooms available for workshops and seminars
- 2 entrances for convenience
- Common Grounds cafe
Easy access to services and assistance
- Combined circulation/reserves/research help services at the ASK US desk – sign out library materials in one place!
- collaborative group spaces
- computer lab and silent study designated times/spaces
- 113 public computers (PCs)
- 2 touchscreen directories
- 2 digital information screens
- photocopiers and printers
- digital art wall displaying media art from the Brock community
- a makerspace
Common Grounds Cafe is currently closed
Proudly serving Starbucks coffee and specialty beverages. Come in and enjoy:
- Iced drinks
- Tea, Coffee
- Cold Drinks
Several unique collections are located in the Learning Commons and at the Library Ask Us desk. All may be borrowed.
The wellness collection includes titles related to mental, physical, emotional and financial wellness. Books in this collection may be signed out for 4 weeks, and are available to renew. Browse the titles online or view them just across from the internal display cases on the main floor.
For students who are also caregivers to young children, stop by the Ask Us desk to borrow sticker pads and ‘busy boxes’ to keep your little one entertained. Each busy box contains art and craft supplies, puzzle books, etc.
The Library is happy to offer Verliux light therapy lamps for 3 day loan. See staff at the Ask Us desk and the Map, Data & GIS Library to borrow.
New and noteworthy popular titles are available for leisure reading. Browse the titles online or view them just beside the Ask Us desk. Books may be signed out for 4 weeks, and are available to renew.
Every month, staff in the library select titles for display which are related to a specific theme. Recent curated displays have featured books on the topics of populism, dark tourism, scholarly sci-fi, and animal welfare. Brock authors are featured each January. We encourage the Brock community to borrow from this display. Regular loan periods apply. You can find this collection just to the left of the Ask Us Desk.
The Indigenous collection includes books, DVDs, picture books and more by and about First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Canada and North America. Browse the titles online or view them at the south entrance on the main floor.
A variety of board games and stressbusters are available for loan from the Library Ask Us desk. This collection includes skipping ropes, flying discs, a football and soccer ball, jigsaw puzzles, colouring pencils and over 15 board games including Settlers of Catan, Monopoly, Risk, and Ludo among others.
The Matheson Learning Commons welcomes exhibits that support the learning, teaching and research activities of Brock University.
Exhibit space is in the form of 2 display cases inside the Learning Commons, 2 display cases outside the south entrance, along the Thistle Corridor, and a four-screen LCD video art wall.
Exhibits are subject to the Learning Commons Exhibit Guidelines which pertain to Brock University departments, committees or organizations who may wish to use the exhibit/display space in the Matheson Learning Commons. All proposals should be submitted on the Exhibit Request form.
Two bulletin boards, two LC Digital Information Screens, and two Touchscreens are available for posting informational notices about services, programs and events by the Learning Commons partners. On a limited basis, information from other Brock University departments that promote academic or research oriented events on campus (e.g. symposia, colloquia, special lectures) or that promote community engagement may be posted. Requests from groups external to the University may be considered, only in exceptional circumstances, and on a case-by-case basis. Postings are subject to the Learning Commons Bulletin Board and Digital Information System Posting Guidelines.
The Matheson Learning Commons is equipped with a four-screen LCD video wall for the presentation of various forms of digital content. The Digital Art Wall is situated at the south entrance next to comfortable seating and group work areas, enriching the collaborative and lively atmosphere of the Learning Commons.
Submissions by Brock University students, faculty, staff and alumni are welcome. Projects related to the teaching, learning and research activities at Brock are encouraged. The Digital Art Wall resides within a study/work area and the needs of users will take precedence. More info…