The Learning Commons

“Humans are an amazingly creative species, and the limits of human imagination fundamentally know no boundaries.  With this in mind, the limits of libraries are not in books or websites.  Libraries are places where people can dream with their eyes open” ~ Stephen Abram

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The Gleneagles Elementary Learning Commons, photos by Michelle Davis

What is a “Learning Commons”?

The Gleneagles Elementary Learning Commons is a “Library Plus” model. It is a shared learning space for our entire community that is both physical and virtual.  Our Learning Commons maintains everything we value about school libraries while addressing the diverse and changing needs of today’s learners.  A Learning Commons is “designed to move students beyond mere research, practice, and group work to a greater level of engagement through exploration, experimentation and collaboration.  A Learning Commons is about changing school culture, and about transforming the way learning and teaching occur” (Loertscher, Koechlin and Rosenfeld, 2012, p. 1).

The following article by Cassy Lee, provides some further insight into the differences between a “library” and a “learning commons”:

You Say “Library”, I Say “Learning Commons”: What’s the Big Diff?


Works Cited

Abram, S. (2015, January-February). Real makerspaces in school libraries. Internet@Schools, 22(1), 10+. Retrieved from

Loertscher, D.V., Koechlin, C. & Rosenfeld, E. (2012). The virtual learning commons. Salt Lake City, UT: Learning Commons Press.