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The Brody Learning Commons

It's big. It's bold. It's the new Brody Learning Commons (BLC), which opened to students at the start of the fall semester. Equal parts library, study space, classroom, museum, and meeting space, this new addition to the Homewood campus is named after the university's 13th president, William S. Brody, and his wife Wendy. The BLC connects to the Milton S. Eisenhower Library on all levels. With its soaring spaces and robust technology infrastructure, students and faculty have plenty of room to study, pursue new research ventures, and do what they do best—discover, create, imagine.

Photography by Will Kirk

Explore the Brody Learning Commons

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Daily Grind Cafe
Description
The 75-seat cafe, run by The Daily Grind, is a popular spot for meetings and an essential stop for refueling between classes.
Floor Level
Q
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Room With a View
Description
Natural light streams into the Schnydman Atrium, thanks to tall east-facing windows.
Floor Level
Q
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Flexible Study Room
Description
The Levi Family Room is one of 16 group study spaces in the Brody Learning Commons.
Floor Level
Q
Quad Level Entrance
Description
The Brody Learning Commons is open 24/7 and connects to the Milton S. Eisenhower Library on all levels.
Floor Level
Q
Quiet Reading Room
Description
This 100-seat room provides scholars the quiet space they need for solitary study. The space also features artist Mark Dion's installation "An Archaeology of Knowledge," which is a cabinet of wonders containing more than 700 items from all corners of the Hopkins universe.
Floor Level
Q
Choice Seating
Description
All seating in the Brody Learning Commons was chosen by students, who tested out and voted on more than two dozen chair and table samples during the fall of 2010.
Floor Level
Q
Tech-savvy Spaces
Description
Group study rooms feature a variety of technologies, including TeamSpot, which allows students to link their laptops and work from a shared screen, as well as cameras for Skyping and recording presentations. Walls are coated with "idea paint," which turns them into white boards.
Floor Level
M
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Light Filled
Description
Three skylights flood the Brody Learning Commons with natural light.
Floor Level
M
Uncommon Commons
Description
Aerial view of the Schnydman Atrium.
Floor Level
M
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Seminar Room
Description
The Catherine and Richard Macksey Seminar Room honors the legacy of Professor Macksey and contains books donated from the 70,000-plus volumes in his collection.
Floor Level
M
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Special Collections
Description
The Winston Tabb Center for Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Archives Research is the new home for the Department of Special Collections.
Floor Level
M
Special Connections
Description
The Brody Learning Commons is open 24/7 and connects to the Milton S. Eisenhower Library on all levels.
Floor Level
ALL
Preserve & Conserve
Description
The Department of Conservation and Preservation has a new home in the Brody Learning Commons. The laboratory houses the preservation activities of the department as well as the original scientific research conducted by researchers through the Heritage Science for Conservation project.
Floor Level
C
Technology Rooms
Description
The Turock Family Technology Room, one of several teaching spaces in the Brody Learning Commons, was designed with flexibility in mind. Instructors can leverage the room's technology and moveable furniture to foster small-group work as well as larger-group teaching sessions.
Floor Level
C
Visionary Visualization
Description
The Visualization Wall, a joint project between the Sheridan Libraries and the Whiting School of Engineering, explores human-computer interaction and uses the Brody Learning Commons itself as a research space.
Floor Level
B
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Uncommon Commons
Description
The Robert L. Johnson Information Commons offers a variety of seating for impromptu study sessions and solitary reading.
Floor Level
B
South Entrance
Description
The steps on the eastern and southern sides of the building were built using marble left over from the renovations of Gilman and Shriver Halls.
Floor Level
B