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What is the Knowledge Commons?

Students tell us they want Pattee Library and Paterno Library to be more welcoming and comfortable and to have more technology-rich resources and that everything must be fast, easy, and convenient. They want to research their projects, digitize audio, videotape personal practice sessions, chat with friends, get help from a tutor, and have a snack—all in a 24-hour, "one-stop" destination. more


"I got pretty excited when the former dean, Nancy Eaton, and her staff began to discuss changes to create a knowledge commons in our Libraries. I immediately could see what they meant. And even non-technological Joe embraces the concept and wants the Libraries to keep abreast of what students need." -Sue Paterno


Buzz begins about new services

The Libraries: The Heart of the University brochure cover

The Libraries: The Heart of the University

The Knowledge Commons in Pattee Library, as planned, focuses on undergraduate students and is a collection of innovative and traditional services and repurposed physical spaces that facilitate information discovery, collaborative learning, and knowledge building.



Knowledge Commons Floor Plan

Final floor plan for the Knowledge Commons with Naming Opportunities


The final plan for the next phases of the Knowledge Commons in Pattee Library, designed by WTW Architects of Pittsburgh, is the result of months of discussions and incorporates needs outlined and ideas generated by a team of librarians and staff to include various video production areas, podcasting facilities, service kiosks, study spaces, and integrated help desk areas. Construction will begin in March 2011 and completion is planned for the end of 2011, with an anticipated cost of $8.5 million.  View the interactive named spaces site.


...More about WTW Architects of Pittsburgh


Reading Room interior

Early phase of the Knowledge Commons—the Foster Auditorium and Reading Room complete.

Early phase of the Knowledge Commons—the Foster Auditorium and Reading Room complete as of fall 2010.

"We are creating one-stop access to a technology-rich learning environment with flexible space, hardware, and software, adjacent to librarians and staff with expertise to nurture the intellectual development and creativity of Penn State Students as they create podcasts, videos, maps, blogs, and more for their academic projects,” said Sally Kalin, associate dean of University Libraries. more



Largest gift in Libraries' history moves project forward.

The joint gift of $2.5 million by Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. Tombros and Dr. and Mrs. John R. McWhirter—the largest gift in the Libraries history—supports the Knowledge Commons.

...Read more about the gift.