Harold C. Smith Learning Commons

21st Century Academics

The Harold C. Smith Learning Commons is the center for academic life on the Springfield College campus. Fostering an environment of informal, collaborative, and creative work and social interaction, the new Learning Commons brings library, technology, academic support, faculty development, and other campus services together in open and flexible spaces.

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Library Services

(413) 748-3315
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Library Services provides the resources and services needed to conduct quality, high-level research through access materials and consultation with expert staff members.

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Information Technology Services

(413) 748-4872
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Information Technology Services offices in the Learning Commons include the Technology Services Center (TSC) and the IT service desk, Media Services and the CIO.

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Academic Success Center

(413) 748-3389
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The Academic Success Center enhances academic performance by providing support in writing, reading, mathematics, science, subject-area tutoring, time management and learning strategies, and assistance for students with documented disabilities.

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Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship

(413) 748-4732
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The Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (CETLS) provides support to faculty related to both pedagogy and scholarship within their disciplines through trainings and workshops.

About the Learning Commons

A learning commons is a new way to provide resources and support to students and faculty. Formerly known as Babson Library, and originally devoted to physical stacks of books and journals, the newly designed Harold C. Smith Learning Commons makes way for updated functions to create and reinforce the type of learning environment that students need in the 21st century.

The Learning Commons includes four departments that provide important services to students and faculty: the Academic Success Center; Library Services; Information Technology Services; and the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship.

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A male student studies in a study nook in the Harold C. Smith Learning Commons.
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Two female students study at a table in the Learning Commons
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A female student works on her laptop outdoors on the Cooper Terrace of the Learning Commons.
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Looking to study al fresco? Get some fresh air as you hit the books on Cooper Terrace.

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A male student reads from his notebook on a couch in the Learning Commons.
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A male and female student talk at a table in the Learning Commons.
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A table and layout of the Karpovich Room, located in the Learning Commons.
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The Karpovich Reading Room was dedicated to former faculty member Peter Karpovich.

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Public Access

The first and second floors of the Learning Commons are open to the public seven days per week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. This includes free wifi, online library resources, and workspace. The Learning Commons is unable to support public use of computers and printing/faxing services, but these services can now be accessed at our Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement.

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