The Scholarly Commons, a unit of the University of Illinois Library, opened in August 2010 to serve the emerging needs of faculty, researchers and graduate students pursuing in-depth research and scholarly inquiry. We provides in-person and consultation services as well as a place where you can use technology to further your research.
First and foremost, we are a collaborator and connector for all your research needs.
- Before you visit our space (306 Main Library), consider filling out a consultation form so that we can not only connect you to the right experts, but also to prepare for your visit.
- We are a sandbox to try advanced software and specialized hardware for tasks such as text-encoding, digitization, qualitative data analysis, geospatial, textual, and numeric data analysis, OCR, and Web usability. Visit our lab space during our open hours (Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 1pm-5pm and Tuesday & Thursday 10-5) to take advantage of our software and hardware. The space is staffed with graduate students who can answer basic questions regarding software.
- We provide a consultation space in the Main Library where experts are available to support exploration of new models for teaching, learning, and research in the contemporary academic environment.
- Our experts have created a variety of virtual learning opportunities highlighting workshops, tips, tools, and recently published articles.
We invite you to explore with us.