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The APU Library has been designed to function as a Learning Commons, or a shared space for learning. Learning Commons, which originated in American universities in the 1990s, are based on the idea of using a library not only as a repository for books, but as a total educational space where users can learn from each other by holding presentations and discussions and engaging in group work. In recent years, more Japanese university libraries have started adopting the Learning Commons concept.
The APU Learning Commons opened in April 2011. The first floor consists of the Group Learning Area equipped with movable tables and wireless LAN, the Collaborative Leaning Area, which can be used for presentations and workshops, and the Dialogue Area where students can receive study consultations and work on their writing skills.
On the second floor, the existing Reading Room, which houses books related to the fields of study at APU, computers equipped with online databases, and newspapers and periodicals from around the globe, was improved, and the PC plug-in booths were upgraded to provide students with places to concentrate on their studies. The Library also lends laptops to students, and the number of available machines now stands at 107 as of April 2014.
There is data that shows students have changed how they study since the Learning Commons was adopted. For example, the annual number of library users in AY2013 increased by 75,000 over the previous year.
We asked members of the Academic & Learning Resource Core Staff (ALRCS) how they use the library and what recommendations they have for other students.
The library is not just for books—it's a great place to learn from each other
Did you know the general public can also use the APU Library?
Residents of Oita Prefecture and high school students can use the library free of charge.
Please visit the APU Library homepage for details.
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