Graduate Student Commons
Amy Vance Mullins, assistant to the dean of University Libraries, and Mark Orgeron, graduate student and professional intern in the Office of Academic Affairs in the new Graduate Student Commons at Zimmerman Library.
Credit: Patricia Campbell

The Graduate and Professional Students Association has partnered with University Libraries to create a dedicated space for graduate students in Zimmerman Library.

The new space, called the Graduate Student Commons is located on the first floor in room 102 opposite the Learning Commons. It was designed in partnership with GPSA leaders who secured the funding for the construction from the New Mexico Legislature with the help of Senator Cisco McSorley.

University Libraries provided carpeting, paint and furniture, and funds from the Student Fee Review Board were used for lockers. Additional planning support was provided by the provost’s office. UNM Planning, Design and Construction managed the project, which was completed by Two Bears Construction.

A grand opening is set for Thursday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. in the Zimmerman Library Lobby.

“We value our excellent relationship with student leaders and count on them to provide us with information on what library services are important to students," said Richard Clement, dean, College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences. "This collaboration has been an excellent opportunity to support the needs of of graduate students”

The space will be open during normal library hours, and will available exclusively to graduate students. It is intended to be a quiet study space, with tables and desk chairs, as well as comfortable armchairs.

There are lockers available along one wall, allowing students a temporary location to safely store their belongings – they will just need to provide their own locks. Wireless access and outlets will allow students to use their own computers or mobile devices, or they can check out a laptop from the library.

“The GPSA is thrilled to have been able to work with the Library and elected state officials to bring this wonderful resource to Zimmerman Library. We are excited that graduate students will have an exclusive, dedicated, quiet space for scholarly activity,” says GPSA president Texanna Martin.

For more information on the Graduate Student Commons contact the GPSA office at (505) 277-3803.