Learning Commons Use Policy

Hours Staffed

The Learning Commons is available for use all hours the library is open. Assistance can be found at the Library Information Service Desk.


The Learning Commons is located on the first floor of Collins Memorial Library, situated between the Reference Book area and the Library Instruction Room (Room 118).


Jada Pelger
Information Resources Coordinator


Numerous work-study students staff the Library Information Service Desk. They provide general library assistance, basic computer/printer assistance and will refer many questions to the appropriate person or department.

A librarian is on call during the Reference Hours listed on the library hours page, usually 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Thursday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday.

The on-call librarian will have a sign posted outside of their office. You may also arrange an appointment or ask a question of the liaison librarian for any department via email, by telephone, or by stopping by their office. Liaison librarian contact information is available on the Research Help page.

Workstudy Positions

If you are interested in becoming a library assistant, or if would like more information please contact Jamie Spaine.

Printing and Laptops

For questions about printing, laptop use on campus and printing from a laptop please see the Technology Services resource page.

Use Policies

The Learning Commons is designed to facilitate research and instruction. In addition to databases and web searching, the Learning Commons also offers the convenience of productivity software and access to e-mail.

All University of Puget Sound students, faculty, and staff, UPS alumni with ID, and users who have valid ID from institutions belonging to the Orbis-Cascade consortium, and community members with a valid UPS library card have access to the workstations in this area.


  1. UPS Users have priority over all other users.
  2. UPS users who are engaged in research have priority over those who are using e-mail or productivity software such as Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
  3. When patrons are waiting for computers to use for research, those using e-mail or office tools may be asked to logout to free workstations for those who are waiting.
  4. Librarians may reserve workstations for instructional purposes, and will post signs at reserved computers to alert users of scheduled dates & times. Users who are working at reserved computers will be asked to logout at the scheduled time.

To ensure that all users get a chance to use the workstations for necessary activities, such as research and writing assignments, please

  • Limit non-study related activities (web browsing, email, personal projects) to as short a time period as possible during times when the Learning Commons is busy.
  • Avoid sitting at the workstations when not actively using them. There are personal and group study locations available in several locations around the library for this purpose.

To help make the Learning Commons a more pleasant place for all users, the following guidelines of the Technology Services Network Use Policy are in place. Failure to follow them may result in the suspension or removal of your account and the ability to use the campus computer and Internet resources. Thank you for your cooperation in making the Information Commons a better place for all users.

Activities prohibited in the Learning Commons:

  • Installation or use of any software not pre-loaded by staff onto the workstations.

  • "Camping" at the workstations. Any workstation left unattended for a substantial period will be logged out by the staff for another patron's use. We will not be held accountable for data loss in these instances.

  • "Farming" or "Spamming" the Learning Commons. This includes leaving or posting flyers, posters, business cards or other forms of advertisement in the area that are not approved by the University. If you are caught doing this, your account WILL be locked out of the workstations and you will be forced to use another lab on campus.