Selley Study Commons

The Selley Study Commons is a quiet study area on the 3rd floor that offers furniture designed for quiet, individual study.  There is also enough electrical power on the floor to provide outlets adjacent to nearly all 232 user seats.  The area has been officially named the Selley Study Commons in honor of Paul P. and Elizabeth Selley, and the Selley Foundation, which provided the original funds to develop the same space into a reading and study area.

The Study Commons provides seats that are nearly all private seating rather than group seating around tables.   Still, students wishing to study together in groups in the study commons can effectively do so, since most of these private seats are grouped in clusters and where new tables are provided they are more effectively placed.   These furniture clusters are of four basic types:  Carrel  seating (seat clusters with 4 units each, two units on each side), Pod work stations (work station seating in circular sets for single users), and Individual lounge seating with privacy screens (individual soft chairs with built-in tablet arms and accompanying movable privacy screens with white boards).

Power is provided in open areas of the Selley Study Commons via 16 new outlets available on the columns, 88 new floor outlets, and 124 new outlets available along the front of the building facing Newcomb Place.  This area of library is set up for wireless network access for students to use laptop computers and other devices they bring with them to the library to assist with studying.

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