Learning Commons
Learning Commons at Zimmerman Library.
Credit: Patricia Campbell

The dedication and grand opening of the Zimmerman Library Learning Commons is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22. The renovated collaborative space for students on the eastern end of the first floor has proven highly popular with students since being completed last August.

New service desks simplify finding help with the task at hand whether it is directions to another campus building, checking out equipment or scheduling time with a librarian for help with a research project.

“We have seen an amazing increase in use of the space since the new furniture, computers and dry erase boards arrived,” says Cindy Pierard, director of Access Services for University Libraries.

“I really enjoy the new space. I especially like the new flat panels as I tend to work in groups quite a bit and the monitors allow everyone to see our project at the same time.” said Anthony Maestes, a senior majoring in Business Administration.

Gina Lopez, a Spanish major agrees, “This is my fourth year at UNM and I can honestly say that I’m more drawn to study at Zimmerman and all its updates than any other year. Kudos on the study booths and the marker boards!”

New features

  • triple the number of outlets
  • greatly improved wireless with additional wireless access points
  • energy saving LED lighting and access to the windows facing the Smith Plaza
  • renovated bathrooms
  • colorful mobile glass dry erase boards
  • mobile flat panel displays to connect student devices or a library laptop
  • an additional scanner to save energy and paper
  • computer tables with privacy panels
  • booths for group work
  • comfortable individual seats for quiet work
  • expanded number of recycling containers

Sophomore Psychology major Di-Linh Huang said, “Zimmerman Library has been a helpful place for myself and other students. The new space has quiet places to study and many useful resources to help my studies.”

In keeping with UNM’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, the project is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) at the silver level. The library pledges to continue to evaluate the space and make changes based on student input.