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What is the Learning Commons?

Nagoya University Central Library Learning Commons is an innovative study space aiming to support autonomous learning and to give an incentive for knowledge creation.

Purposes of the Learning Commons

The Learning Commons aims to offer students the following study environment:

  • A space for comprehensive study methods with full employment of collaborative studies and information technology provided by the Library intelligence infrastructure.
  • Support staff to help the students develop and learn about information literacy.
  • A chance to obtain information regarding academic and non-academic campus life.

Communicative learning environment

The Learning Commons is a designated space in the Library for discussions and mutual teaching. There are desks and chairs which can be arranged freely to meet the students’ needs.

Note: The third and fourth floors are reserved for quiet study. Please keep quiet on these floors.

An equipped IT environment for information collection and learning

There are 66 computers in the Learning Commons that are connected to the Information Media Studies System network and has the same functions as those in the Satellite PC Labs. Students can also bring in their own computers and access the Internet through the wireless LAN.

Learning assistance by the graduate student support staff

Our staff of Support Desk may provide assistance in your learning, from gathering information and literature to knowledge on how to write reports. If you need help with IT support, learning support, writing support, or support about how to use library, please feel free to contact us.
We provide support in Japanese, English, and Chinese.

Information provision for international students

Japanese learning materials are available in the language learning materials corner next to the audio-visual materials area, and you can watch the attached audio-visual materials in the audio-visual materials area.
The support desk also provides services for international students, such as face-to-face and online study consultations in English and Chinese, and various seminars & workshops, mainly by graduate student support staff who are international students.

NU Peer Support: Supporters for student campus life

Senior student supporters give advises and share their experiences, and sometimes just chatter with students who have some troubles and worries about university life. They also answer for you questions through “Peer-suppost” which you can put in your questions about campus life and “Tsubuyaki” (means whisper) Notebook which you can wirite your questions. There are also “Kokoro-no-syohosen” which contains the message from suppoters and sometimes events!