inclusion of the Learning Commons theme as a vital element in the present
library design offers an opportunity to transform the library’s role on
campus from a provider of information to a facilitator of learning. The new
library space is now commonly repurposed to bring students together to work,
study, and socialize. The Learning Commons throws open an arena of new
learning practice to aid education and research: comfortable furniture for
both individual and group study, modular furnishings that allow users to
customize their learning ambience to suit their needs, access to wireless
networks and electrical outlets, multimedia labs etc.
this Learning Commons concept, IISER Mohali provides the following facilities
in the library:
- Discussion Room (s):
Provides space for faculty to have discussion with his/her research
group. Spaces are equipped with required infrastructure and multimedia
accessories for making presentations. However, one needs to reserve the
space in advance by sending formal request to Librarian through email.
- Group Study Room(s): Provides space for
students to carry out group study, voice reading and discussions with
their research/academic peers. Spaces are equipped with required
infrastructure and multimedia accessories for presentation purpose.
- Seminar Rehearsal Room (s): Before facing the
actual seminar delivery, the students can make use of this room to
rehearse their presentations in the presence of their supervisor/
instructor/research team. This helps in boosting up the students
‘confidence level. The room is equipped with multi interactive
functionalities such as interactive/smart boards, Podium, Projector with
screen and 24 audience seating etc. An advance booking of the room is
appreciated by sending formal request to Librarian through email
- Smart /Interactive Room (s): A space for readers to exchange
academic and research dialogues with other group/institute/university
through online interview/interactions. One needs to reserve the space in
advance appreciated by sending formal request to Librarian through email
- Audiovisual Zone: A space for e-learning through
installed documentary film on science and technology. The readers need
to bring their headsets to use these resources
- Research Scholar's Zone: Study carrels with
electrical outlets and WiFi for research scholars
to have peaceful ambience to prepare them for research.
- Knowledge Exchange: A place where one can leave unsolved
subject related questions. This gives an opportunity for others to
exchange their knowledge by attempting to provide potential answers to
- Thought Provoking: An opportunity to
have offline debate on current affairs. This is an area where one can
start a debate by leaving a topic. Other users can express their written
opinion/views on the topic.
- Sky Library: A space on top of the building replete
with pleasure reading materials (mostly fiction).One can enjoy reading
in the presence of natural light with the panoramic view of the city at
- Institute Publications Zone: As soon as any research paper
or book is published by faculty/students of IISER Mohali, it will be
displayed here. One can have a look at the full text of these documents.
- Latest News on LED Screens: Flashing news on the latest
publications of IISER Mohali with citation of paper and photographs of
IISER Mohali authors, regular scientific news, institute events with
photographs, new arrivals with the book image etc.
- Information Kiosks:
Online library catalogue with touch screen and multimedia effects
provided on every
- WiFi Space: WiFi is available in all floors of
the library for
seamless access to e-resources of library.
- Digital Zone: Computers with network in all
floors for accessing digital content, i.e, e-journals and database
- Faculty Corner, Student Corner, Alumni Corner: The achievements,
posters, projects, awards etc. of faculty/students/alumni of IISER
Mohali will be displayed.
- Cafe : A space for relaxing and socializing
with Coffee / Tea / drinks