Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or IMAGINE … to him be the glory. Ephesians 3:20–21a

The Learning Commons

Imagine a busy, active learning laboratory where the goal is not just more information, but more insight. Where learners use a broad range of educational tools and environments: book and digital, intentional and casual, independent and collaborative.

The learning commons will represent, in form and function, the truth that learning is not just the acquisition of knowledge. It requires the formation of wisdom shaped not only through classes, reading and research, but also through mentorship, collaboration and conversation—through learning in community.

Students and the ways they learn have changed in the last 50 years. So have the spaces, such as libraries, that support their learning. Northwestern’s new learning commons will promote a boundary-free approach to learning and research. Constructed west of Christ Chapel, it will flank a new main entrance to campus, welcoming students to a place of faith and learning.

Total amount raised: $12.8 million