Matheson Learning Commons

Please note the Learning Commons is currently closed. Book pickup is still available, but all other in-person services are suspended due to COVID-19 closures.

Students in the Learning Commons

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

James A. Gibson Library

Support for teaching, research, and learning with a wide range of services, expertise and collections.

Career Education

Helping students navigate career opportunities and develop career goals while supporting employers with their campus hiring strategies

A-Z Learning Services

Free academic and life skills workshops, drop-in learning centres and online resources.

Centre for Pedagogical Innovation

Support, promotion and advancement of teaching and learning.

Bookable group study rooms are available in the Learning Commons and throughout the James A. Gibson Library. Rooms can be reserved up to two weeks in advance.

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

New technology

  • 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
  • Desserts
  • Cold Drinks

Review the Library & Learning Commons Policies and Guidelines. 

Unique Collections

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.

Monthly book display

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.

Indigenous Collection

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 and 2 display cases outside the south entrance, along the Thistle Corridor.

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.

Full Exhibit Guidelines

Submit a Request


Associate University Librarian, Student Success
Andrew Colgoni
905-688-5550 ext. 3581