BU Libraries Information Commons Projects

New! Information Commons - Phase 2

Information Commons - Phase I

Floor Plan | Implementation Schedule | Pictures | Proposal

About Phase 1

Floor Plan

           In the Spring of 2006, Binghamton University students will have a new space to access a powerful selection of print and online resources, a vast array of application software and tools, and expert assistance to help with their use. Much of the computer equipment in the South Pod will be relocated to the Information Commons space on the first floor of Bartle Library and join the computing resources already available in the Library reference area. Over 150 computers will be available in the new facility. The project represents an important collaboration between the Libraries and Computing Services.

The Commons will be a computer-enhanced research environment that invites and attracts users to work collaboratively, use the wide range of resources available in the Library, and obtain expert assistance. A comprehensive set of tools for information retrieval and manipulation will be available in order to support the entire process of scholarly inquiry.

In addition to the computer resources, the Commons will have a new service desk staffed by Librarians and information technology consultants. Scanning, color printing, laptop loans, advanced resource Discovery tools, presentation practice space, and multi-media production capability are just some of the services planned for the IC.

Ethospace furnitureOne aspect of the Information Commons will be an inviting and ergonomic working environment with individual and collaborative workspaces. The Resolve and Ethospace systems from Herman Miller will be used to furnish the new facility. A picture of this furniture is featured on the Libraries' home page.

The computing environment will be familiar to campus POD users. Desktop applications will be the same as those found on POD desktops across campus. Black and white printing will be available via Quota and student BUC$ accounts. Color printing will also be available via BUC$ accounts. Black and white paid printing will be available to community members using will swipe cards that can be purchased in the Bartle Library lobby. Printing and photocopying throughout the Libraries is now cashless.

Resolve furnitureThe facility will share Bartle Library's new extended hours that begin in January. When the Commons opens, Bartle Library will be 24/5, opening at 12:00 noon on Sunday and not closing again until 8:00 p.m on Friday. Saturday hours will be 12:00 noon – 8:00 p.m.

Phase II of the Commons will be implemented when additional funding is identified and feature an expanded footprint and additional resources and services.

For more information about how the Information Commons will affect the South POD schedule see the PODs web site.

For additional information about the Information Commons and other news about the BU Libraries, see the Fall 2005 LibraryLinks Newsletter.

Implementation Schedule

Summer 2005:
Furniture cleared from new Commons area; Reference Collection shifted
September -October 2005:
Demolition work in new Commons service area
November 2005 - February 2006:
Construction of new service area; remodeling of new Commons area
March 2006:
New furniture installation; Computer hardware installation
March 20, 2006:
Information Commons opens