The 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. 

Under 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 the question.
  • 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 its backdrop.
  • 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 floor.
  • 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 etc.,
  • 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