- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has opened a new space where students can study and collaborate, including an area that is open 24 hours a day.

The Lincoln Journal Star (https://bit.ly/1l3xhIT ) reports that the $10 million Adele Hall Learning Commons opened Monday in the campus’ Love Library North. The commons is named after 1953 graduate Adele Hall.

UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman said the Adele Hall Learning Commons “will be the core of the student’s academic experience.”

The new space has four areas, including a space with long rows of tables meant to be a quiet study area and an area that features a computer hub. The final area that will be the Digital Learning Center is still under construction.

The Digital Learning Center will have about 200 computers for students to use in computer-aided learning. The campus’ Dean of Libraries Nancy Busch said the center will open in the fall.

“We wanted to turn this space into something collaborative, and putting a learning commons in the library was seen as a great way to recruit more students and enliven the center of campus,” Busch said.

Attendance and activity will be monitored at the commons to see if it should be kept open around the clock.

The school says private donations paid for more than $7 million of the cost of learning commons project, and that several areas in the space will be named in recognition of donors.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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