Reimagining Learning Spaces

Reimagining Learning Spaces

Photo taken from the top of the steps in the Learning Commons

Creating inspiring surroundings is at the heart of the University of San Diego’s mission. Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill of the Society of the Sacred Heart once said of the university that “beauty will attract them; goodness will lead them; but the truth will hold them.” Now, more than seven decades after the founding of the university by Mother Hill and Bishop Charles Francis Buddy of the Diocese of San Diego, the campus is proud to rededicate two spaces committed to fostering that truth in a beautiful setting.

On Friday, September 24, the USD community watched as both the new Learning Commons and the renovated Helen K. and James S. Copley Library were officially opened.

The two-story Learning Commons, which houses the USD Writing Center and the Honors Program offices, is 36,000 square feet of classroom and collaborative spaces that provide students with places to study, connect and enjoy their college experience.

Copley Library, which underwent a renovation, now features two entrances, enough seating for 1,000 people and more than 20 study rooms. Even the well-known Camino Stacks were renovated and now include 10 study spaces for students.

Both building projects were part of the campus-wide Renaissance Plan, the university’s ten-year initiative to address deferred maintenance, the restoration of legacy buildings, and the strategic construction of new campus buildings.

— Allyson Meyer ’16 (BA), ’21 (MBA)