The Learning Commons at Dhahran campus
is a learner-centered hub that fosters innovation and celebrates creativity
through flexible physical and virtual space.
We value communication and collaboration
to connect with each other and with the world.
We strive to be knowledgeable guides who foster a culture of inquiry
built upon trust and kindness.
The Learning Commons provides high-quality resources
to meet the needs of our community,
empowering all users to create knowledge and artifacts for a global audience.
MEET OUR TEAM
Kirsten VogtMS/HS Librarianvogt.firstname.lastname@example.org
Dina HijaziLibrary Assistant
Lulu Al DoulabExecutive Secretary and Bookkeeper
Jawaher AlKhawashkiLibrary Administrator
Renjith RadhakrishnanTech Hub Coordinator
The Learning Commons is open from 7:30 am-3:30 pm Sunday through Thursday.
We are a common space for ASD and BSD students and staff, so we are branded as the Learning Commons. Because of the wide age range of users, it is important for visitors to respect the space as primarily a space for learning and inquiry for all ages. Reading, studying quietly, working in the MakerSpace, and completing library-related challenges and games are all appropriate uses of the Learning Commons.
Unless coming with a class, students should use the main front entrances to enter and exit the Learning Commons and should sign in at the front desk. Should we be in an emergency or lock-down situation, library staff need to know who is in the LC. During break times and before and after school, quietly socializing with friends is permitted, but students are reminded that not every school is on break at the same time, so the library still needs to be respected as a relatively quiet space for others. Crude and vulgar language is not permitted, not only because it is crude and vulgar, but also because little ears may be listening to everything that is said! Food is not allowed in the LC, but drinks are permitted if they have lids. The Nest area outside the Learning Commons is a wonderful space to meet friends, visit, and enjoy a bite to eat.
Library books are checked out for one week at a time, but they may be renewed as long as other patrons have not placed a "hold" on them. There are no overdue or late fines, but patrons may not check out additional books if they have overdue materials. If a book is lost, the patron must pay the replacement cost of the book. Typically, a hardcover book is SAR150.00 and a paperback book is SAR75.00 unless otherwise noted on the overdue notice. If the book is later found (within the same school year), the replacement cost will be refunded to the student. Overdue notices will be emailed to students on a weekly basis, and if materials are overdue for an extended period of time, parents will also be notified.
Parents may set up accounts in the library to check out books for their families. See a member of the Learning Commons staff to set this up. Students in primary, elementary, and middle school grades are not permitted to check out books labeled "Young Adult" without parents' permission. See a member of the Learning Commons staff to obtain a permission letter.
Book Checkout Limits:
FS1, FS2, Year 1--1 book
K4, K5, Grade 1--1 book
Grade 2/Year 2--2 books
Grade 3/Year 3--3 books
Grade 4/Year 4 through Grade 12/Year 13--4 books
If students need to check out additional books for research or class projects, exceptions to these limits may be made.
Middle and HS students are required to bring their own devices to use in class, but if needed, students and staff can access a wide variety of portable computing devices such as MacBook Air computers, ChromeBooks, iPad devices, Android tablets, and more! Students can check out these devices from the LC Tech Hub to use in the Learning Commons or to use in the classroom if a teacher requests it. The Learning Commons also provides access to charging stations for your devices!
There is also a Green Screen Studio for students and staff to reserve and use for class projects. See the Tech Hub staff to set up your next production!