Information Commons

Information Commons are spaces that respond to the ways in which today’s students learn.


The Stritch Library features an Information Commons, opened in August 2010. While quiet study areas are still an important venue for studying, today’s students also seek more open gathering spaces that allow them to work with their peers on projects, as well as complete their individual studies.

Classes across all disciplines are increasingly featuring integrated technologies in course assignments, so both students and faculty need access to spaces and technology that allow them to complete that work. Stritch's Information Commons was designed to provide experimental and flexible spaces that integrate students' desire for service, social interaction, study, and access to technology.

Other features of the library include: easily accessible reference librarians, public computers and printers, group study rooms, individual study areas, and laptop computers for check out.

The Library houses more than 109,000 books and over 700 periodical subscriptions. In addition, TOPCAT has nearly 900,000 items (including non-book items) cataloged. TOPCAT is the shared online library catalog of the SWITCH consortium, which is a consortium of eight college and research libraries in the Milwaukee area. Students can access the library’s online catalog from anywhere in the world via the Internet.