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While our crews are working hard on remaining design elements, the Learning Commons, both the main floor and mezzanine, is now open to students. Even without the finishing touches, the difference is quite striking. The space is lighter, brighter, and more open, filled with furniture you told us would make for a more productive and enjoyable study environment.

Light up your life

The open floor plan, glass walls, and new windows have truly transformed the space allowing natural light to filter throughout.

Weldon’s Brutalist charm is on full display thanks to new globe lighting that accentuates the distinct waffled ceiling in the main hall. New flooring also helps lighten the space.

Flair and function

Never underestimate the impact of functional, beautiful furnishings to tie a space together. The new furniture in the Learning Commons is modern, stylish, and adds a fun pop of colour. But for our students, furniture is so much more than just eye-candy. Thanks to your feedback, we’ve included a wide variety of furniture options to study, connect, and collaborate. Come see – or sit – for yourself.

Mezzanine dreams

Welcome to the Mezzanine, a new student space that increases the number and types of study seats in Weldon. It includes five new bookable group study rooms equipped with technology to seamlessly screen share from all your devices.

You wanted more power outlets and we are making good on that promise. The colourful carpet doesn’t just warm up the space, it’s hiding a new in-floor power system featuring easy to reach power outlets at table height to keep you charged up.

Bath-room for all

Washrooms on the main floor and mezzanine have been expanded and updated. All washrooms are gender inclusive with accessible options. Gender-specific washrooms continue to be available on the upper floors of Weldon.

What’s next?

In the weeks ahead we’ll work to install our new Info desk on the main floor. In the meantime, you can continue to get assistance on the 2nd floor at our temporary Info spot. Crews will also add finishing touches to the Community Room, and install new cabinetry for exhibits and collections.

On the Mezzanine, watch for our new Student Support Hub to begin offering services such as research and writing help. We’re also finalizing plans to open our Family Room for students visiting Weldon alongside their young children.

Work also continues on the ground floor, where compact shelving has been installed to allow for collection growth.

Have questions about Weldon’s reopening plans? Please email Jennifer Robinson, Deputy Chief Librarian.

Artist rendering of the Info Desk and Learning Commons


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