Information Commons at Brigham Young University: Past, Present, and Future

Michael J. Whitchurch, Brigham Young University - Provo


The idea and implementation of Information Commons’ is becoming more prevalent in the academic library community. Many of these have been implemented in what were once General Reference areas of libraries. One of the major themes of the paper is that change in an Information Commons is inevitable. This paper discusses the process and experience of the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University, including concept development, acceptance and implementation. In addition, the first 18 months of operation and our visions for the future of our implementation are contained herein.