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About the Learning Commons

The Learning Commons unites learning services to better support students’ academic success.

Together in the Learning Commons, learning services (such as library research support, writing instruction, learning skills and careers education & development services) collaborate to offer students enriched support and learning resources. The Learning Commons services support students as they develop the many skills, tactics, and strategies required for success in university and beyond.

The Learning Commons is:

An integrated approach to academic supports and services

  • The Learning Commons offers support for students in the form of appointments, drop-in consultations, online modules and workshops.
  • The Learning Commons provides support on areas such as writing, citation help, learning skills, time management, English language communication support, career skills, etc. These services are located in the Learning Commons Hub located on the 2nd floor of the Scott Library. Note that research assistance can be sought on the main level of the Scott Library, adjacent to the AskUs services.
  • The Learning Commons also offers online learning resources, such as SPARK.

A space in the Scott Library

  • The Learning Commons Hub is located on the 2nd floor of the Scott Library, and is home to drop-in pods for  Writing Instruction, Citation Help, Learning Skills,  the Open Learning Centre, and Career Education & Development, as well as the Welcome Desk for general questions.

A partner for instructors

  • The Learning Commons collaborates with instructors (faculty and TAs) to assist in embedding academic literacies instruction in course and program curricula.

The Learning Commons is a collaboration of the following units:

To improve the student experience in our spaces, York Facilities is proceeding with the refurbishment of the Scott Library elevator from Dec 5 to Feb 3, 2023. If you cannot use the escalators and require the assistance of a LC instructor during their scheduled hours, please ask at the Scott service desk. Staff will arrange for the instructor to meet with you on the main floor. LC partners also offer in-office and virtual service hours.
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