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University of Denver Opens New Academic Hub

March 26, 2013—The University of Denver today opened the doors to its new academic hub, the Anderson Academic Commons.

Constructed on the site of the former Penrose Library, the Anderson Academic Commons is a 21st century facility built for collaborative learning. It houses the University Libraries, consisting of the Penrose Collection and traditional library services. It also houses the Research Center and Digital Media Center, as well as other key high-use academic support services. These include the Writing Center and Writing Program offices, Math Center, University Technology Services Help Center and the Office of Teaching and Learning. The grouping of library collections and services with these academic success centers facilitates cross-disciplinary interaction to increase the depth and effectiveness of student learning.

The Anderson Academic Commons will be the intellectual focal point of our campus. It provides wonderful new space for students, surrounded by every possible support service," said Robert Coombe, chancellor of the University. "It has become much more than a library. It's been transformed into space for collaborative learning, research, study, and scholarly exploration."

The light-filled, 154,223 gross square foot energy-efficient space is configured with more than 30 rooms for group study and project work, as well as deep quiet study areas. There are now 1,864 seats for students with enough power outlets to support each seat.

Nancy Allen, dean and director of University Libraries said, "The Anderson Academic Commons will truly enable the University to bring the library of the future to today's students and faculty, supporting learning in many ways, and highlighting collaborative programs featuring research and information services, writing, technology, math, and the best of pedagogy support for teaching and learning."

The building is named in recognition of a gift from Ed Anderson, founder of Boston's North Bridge Venture Partners. Anderson (BFA '71) is a University of Denver trustee. He received his MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He has served as an investor and director in some of the communications industry's most successful start-up companies. Anderson and his wife Linda Cabot, an artist and documentary filmmaker, are supporters of many educational causes, including summer enrichment programs for underprivileged children, and charter and secondary schools.

In addition to University students, faculty, staff and alumni, community members are welcome to enjoy the Anderson Academic Commons. Visitors can come in and view exhibits that will rotate throughout the year, read books, magazines, newspapers and enjoy the Front Porch Café. Anyone wanting to access computers or check out materials will need to purchase a library pass. The Anderson Academic Commons is open to visitors from:

  • 7:30 a.m. to midnight Monday-Thursday
  • 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fridays
  • 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Saturdays
  • 10:00 a.m. – midnight Sundays

For more information on services and access cards, or to download the digital press kit visit: www.du.edu/commons