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The Scholarly Commons is a technology enriched space for faculty, researchers, and graduate students to pursue research and receive expert copyright, data, digital humanities, digitization, scholarly communications, and usability consultation services. Scholarly Commons services are supported by experts in the Scholarly Commons, subject specialists at the University Library, and partners throughout campus.

The Scholarly Commons sustains a variety of training opportunities and learning resources related to topics such as text-encoding, digitization, OCR, usability, and data analysis.  We also review new tools, introduce resources, and discuss developments in scholarly communication on our blog, Commons Knowledge.

Graduate assistants are on hand at the Scholarly Commons to get you started and an expert will be made available to you for consultation. We encourage drop-ins but also recommend filling out a consultation form so that we can best prepare for your visit.
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The Scholarly Commons is the destination for interdisciplinary, collaborative, digital and data-driven scholarship and teaching at Illinois.


The Scholarly Commons connects the Illinois community to a wide variety of experts and curates a suite of services, space, and technology in support of digital, data-driven and interdisciplinary forms of scholarly inquiry.

In support of our mission, we:

  • Collaborate and consult with campus partners and experts from the Library, including subject liaison librarians, who bring deep disciplinary expertise to co-learning the design and implementation of digital projects
  • Teach digital scholarship methods intended to empower and equip researchers to: make informed choices between methods; learn best practices; explore the application of technologies and experiment with support from experts
  • Build cross-disciplinary community around scholarly inquiry by hosting events, supporting instructors using digital methods, and providing other networking and learning opportunities
  • Provide technology-rich and flexible spaces where researchers can experiment with digital tools, collaborate, network, get help with their course projects and research, and present their work

In all of our services and spaces, we strive to be inclusive, accessible, and welcoming to all.

The Scholarly Commons: Bringing People Together in Support of Scholarship