Library Learning Commons

Together for Learning
Together for Learning: School Libraries and the Emergence of the Learning Commons
(Ontario School Library Association, 2010. Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education)

T4L Learning to Learn
What is a Learning Commons? 

A Learning Commons is a flexible and responsive approach to helping schools focus on learning collaboratively. It expands the learning experience, taking students and educators into virtual spaces beyond the walls of the school. 

A Learning Commons is a vibrant, whole-school approach, presenting exciting opportunities for collaboration among teachers, teacher-librarians and students. Within a Learning Commons, new relationships are formed between learners, new technologies are realized and utilized, and both students and educators prepare for the future as they learn new ways to learn. 

And best of all, as a space traditionally and naturally designed to facilitate people working together, a school's library provides the natural dynamics for developing a Learning Commons. 

T4L Pedagogical Shifts

Visit the Together for Learning website, where the vision grows as a living document, with extended resources and practical ideas for implementation contributed by Ontario teacher-librarians. 










Leading Learning
Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada 
(Canadian Library Association, 2014)

Leading Learning Hub
What is a Library Learning Commons? 

A learning commons is a whole school approach to building a participatory learning community. The library learning commons is the physical and virtual collaborative learning hub of the school. It is designed to engineer and drive future-oriented learning and teaching throughout the entire school. Inquiry, project/problem-based learning experiences are designed as catalysts for intellectual engagement with information, ideas, thinking, and dialogue. Reading thrives, learning literacies and technology competencies evolve, and critical thinking, creativity, innovation and playing to learn are nourished. Everyone is a learner; everyone is a teacher working collaboratively toward excellence. 

Some metaphors for the school library learning commons might be: learning laboratory, idea factory, studio or even "great room" in the school and community. 


Leading Learning and its bibliography can be accessed from the School Libraries in Canada website.

An Introduction to Leading Learning



This video makes a strong connection between learning commons thinking in university and school libraries. 

Learning Commons in British Columbia




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