Roznowski Learning Commons makes its debut with rave reviews from students

October 9, 2015

 Photo by Miranda Mors


Olivet College’s Burrage Library received a major face-lift over the summer with the new addition of the Roznowski Learning Commons, located beneath the library’s main floor. 


A place once used for storage of old tables, chairs and cabinets, the learning commons is now a place for students to sit down and study, have a meeting with a group of people, grab a cup of coffee or a snack from the recently reopened café and catch a newer film in the movie theater. 


The Information Technology Service (ITS) department also moved from their old location in the Criminal Justice Building to a brand new, state-of-the-art facility inside the Learning Commons.


Open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., the Roznowski Learning Commons offers five meeting rooms to study in or share a presentation, a massive lobby with an adequate amount of space for activities and houses both the Cyber Café, open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. – specializing in hot beverages and assorted snacks – and the Kula Samba Theatre, which hosts recently released movies nearly every night of the week.


The recent renovations have been welcomed with open arms by students like senior Lauren Easton, who has enjoyed the noticeable difference in the building’s atmosphere as a result of the library’s face-lift.


“I like the colors, (and) it is a lot more welcoming than what it used to be,” Easton said. 


For others, like freshman Walker Willis, the library has now become a hotspot for productivity or simply relaxing with peers.


“I think the quietness and the opportunity to do your homework is my favorite part about the Roznowski Learning Commons. Plus, the Wi-Fi signal is much better in the learning commons than anywhere else. The movie theater is also a nice added touch to sit back and relax,” Walker said, adding that he wished the Cyber Café would remain open longer because “students tend to study later into the night.”


Now housed inside the new Roznowski Learning Commons, ITS can be directly accessed by any student, after having transitioned from the Criminal Justice Building into t