Leah Peterson Learning Commons & Riley Library

Referred to as "The Castle" by students, the Leah Peterson Learning Commons houses the Riley Library's traditional print collections and is full of resources and technology designed to help you succeed academically. There are group study rooms, cozy window-seat nooks, a quiet reading room, and computer workstations. Walk through the spacious Learning Commons, and you will quickly discover NNU is serious about academic inquiry. The new 57,000-square-foot facility is dedicated to assisting students as they learn and educators as they teach.

The multifunctional Learning Commons houses the John E. Riley Library’s traditional print collections and has a variety of study spaces designed to address different learning needs; it offers group study rooms, cozy window-seat niches, a quiet reading room, testing rooms, an instructional lab and computer workstations. There’s even The Bean (NNC’s soda shop of the 40s and 50s) revisioned as a new campus coffee shop available to befriend early birds and night owls during their study sessions.

Students will no longer have to traverse campus to access technology and media assistance, academic coaching or peer tutoring. The Learning Commons is now home to most academic service units of the university, including the following partners: Center for Academic Success and Advising, Center for Online and Blended Learning, Information Technology, Technology and Media Resources, Library, and University Archives.

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