May 24, 2022

Academic Libraries: IUPUI University Library Reinventing Learning Environments

From an IUPUI Announcement:

Returning students will need to pardon the dust and noise as University Library re-invents a popular student study area.

The Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis library is turning a 2,800-square-foot area of its fourth floor into a more contemporary environment for individual and group study.

The goal of the project known as Learning Spaces III is to enhance student learning and engagement at the library. When completed, the long wall that once held 68 isolated, stationary study carrels will incorporate design components reflective of the study habits and methods of today’s students.


“Today’s students’ preferred work space is more like a Starbucks,” said Kindra Orr, library director of development. “We need to change our tune to provide the optimal environment for research, learning and collaboration.”


“What I like most about this project is that we get exceptional design for a wonderful space with a killer view of downtown. It is going to be a destination. If I were a student, this is where I would go to study,” said David W. Lewis, dean of the IUPUI University Library.

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