Located on the first floor of the East Tower in Wells Library, the Scholars’ Commons (SC) supports the journey from curiosity to discovery to publication. Researchers — whether faculty, staff, or students — come first in this space where they will find a powerful academic service hub that offers easy access to experts and technology for every stage of scholarship.
Within the Scholars’ Commons, you will find:
- Circulation Desk (where you can check out items and pick up holds)
- Reference Desk (where you can ask for help of all kinds)
- Digitization Lab
- Mini Makerspace
- Consultation rooms (available by reservation for grad students, faculty & staff)
- IQ-wall room (available for reservation by emailing email@example.com)
- Hazelbaker Hall, a large lecture hall space for events
- Scholars’ Commons Exhibit Space, with rotating exhibits each semester
- Reference Reading Room (which houses our print reference collection, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, indexes, and bibliographies.)
- Secure Reading Room (a space to access restricted materials from the Auxiliary Library Facility)
Reference Desk Service Hours
Stop by in person, or text, call, or email.
Spring 2019 (January 7 - May 6):
- Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 10:00pm
- Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm
- Saturday 1:00pm - 6:00pm
- Sunday 11:00am - 10:00pm
Campus holidays and break hours will differ. Consult the Wells Library Hours for these exceptions.
The Scholars’ Commons brings together services from UITS, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, College of Arts and Sciences, Institute for Digital Arts & Humanities, Cyberinfrastructure For Digital Humanities, Data to Insight Center, Office of Research Administration, University Graduate School, Writing Tutorial Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, and many more.
Scholars’ Commons workshops
Each semester the Scholars’ Commons offers a variety of workshops meant to support research, teach new skills, and inspire. They are taught by librarians and a variety of partners. The full schedule of workshops is posted online each semester. Some workshops can be accessed online through Zoom. Popular series include our Makerspace-inspired Maker Mondays, the Wednesday lunch hour Digital Library Brown Bag Series, workshops and lectures offered by the Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities, and citation management crash courses and more from our Scholars’ Commons staff.
The Scholars’ Commons also welcomes experts within the library and related departments to host consultation hours to allow drop-in access to their services. They hold hours each week where anyone can stop by to get help with a project or idea they are working on. Partners vary each week, but these consultation hours can also be found in the online schedule. Some partners also allow you to schedule appointments in advance through the schedule page.