New library spaces focus on active learning experiences outside the classroom. These technology-rich settings are perfect for collaborative work.
Space and features
Since January 15, uOttawa students have had access to over 1000 new individual or group study spaces in the new Learning Crossroads (CRX), adjacent to Lamoureux Hall. The main entrance to the CRX is located by the pedestrian walkway near the intersection of Louis Pasteur and Marie Curie, but students can also enter the new facility through the many indoor walkways connecting Lamoureux Hall (LMX) and the Learning Centre (CRX). View the interactive campus map.
Library facilities are on the second and fifth floors of the new building.
The second floor houses a wide range of technology, such as:
- a video wall, featuring a giant 8K screen, for data visualization
- virtual reality equipment and Surface Studio computers;
- multimedia studios (opening soon)
- A 48-seat Tinkering Lab to try new tools, such as Oculus Rift and Nintendo Switch game consoles. This lab also features smart wall projection equipment (opening soon)
- A 48-seat Learning Lab equipped with flexible seating, blackboard and white-board surfaces are now open
- A 150-seat reading room.
The fifth floor of the CRX provides even more study spaces:
- 15 group study rooms
- A large variety of seating options
- Two 150-seat reading rooms.
Our team can work with students, professors and employees to book a room or use equipment, whether for group work or special events. We also provide the training and support needed to complete a wide range of digital projects.
Some of the ways the library’s CRX facilities can be used includes:
- hosting unconferences, hackathons or edit-a-thons
- streaming live events on the video wall
- presenting virtual poster sessions
- revealing hidden patterns in your data using high resolution visualization equipment
- attending how-to workshops (such as video production)
- exploring virtual reality technology
- studying and playing with video games from the library’s collection
- borrow multimedia equipment
- and much more!
Booking and information
The Learning Crossroads is now open but missing a few final touches, such as signage and equipment installation, that will be completed in the coming months. Some 22 courses are already being taught in one of the two amphitheatres, and several classrooms will soon be available. You will also find food services on the first floor. The building will be fully operational by September 2018. Until then, enjoy the new study spaces!
Booking a room
The study rooms on the fifth floor can be booked though the Library booking system for a maximum of three hours.
Professors and employees can request the use of the Tinkering and Learning Labs located on the second floor for workshops, special classes or other events by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Join us for the official opening of the tinkering lab by signing up here.
The Learning Crossroads is open from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day.University Of Ottawa
100, Louis-Pasteur Private
ON K1N 6N5