Welcome to USD's Newest Student Space, the Learning Commons

Welcome to USD's Newest Student Space, the Learning Commons

More classrooms and flexible study space. These were two prime reasons for University of San Diego officials when they sought to add a new building on campus and provide necessary resources for students.

In unveiling this fall the Learning Commons, a two-story, 36,000-square-foot building just north of Copley Library, USD has succeeded. The building features nine collaborative study spaces and 13 classrooms. It will host classes, study groups, work teams and solo exploration. It will also be home to USD’s Honors Program and the USD Writing Center.

There is also an impressive Town Square, an informal gathering space featuring stadium seating for more than 150 people, encircled by a second-story observation gallery and equipped with the latest in sound and video technology for presentations, films, and other events.

“The Learning Commons was designed to serve our entire undergraduate student population while fulfilling two urgent needs on campus,” says Ky Snyder, vice president for operations/Chief Operations Officer. “Every undergraduate, regardless of major, will find themselves using this new building. As such it was designed to be available 24/7 with both indoor and outdoor study space and automated food service. The Learning Commons is another anchor to the academic core of campus.”

The Learning Commons’ operating hours are currently 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 1-9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Hours are subject to change as the semester progresses, one official said, so check for current building hours at the entrances.

COVID Protocols are in Effect

The Learning Commons requires all who enter the building to adhere to USD’s health and safety protocols. Face masks and wristbands — the latter indicating that you have participated in a daily temperature scan at a campus screening station — should be worn at all times and everyone should maintain six feet apart for social distancing.

Only one person is allowed per study space, no group studying is allowed. Do not move furniture and no food is allowed in classrooms, but is fine in the common areas. When other students are waiting, please limit your use to two hours.

— Ryan T. Blystone


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