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Potsdam Prepared: COVID-19 Updates

Lougheed Learning Commons

The Lougheed Learning Commons is a place for students, faculty and staff to study, collaborate, socialize and create.

During the Spring 2021 semester, safety precautions similar to Fall 2020 will be in place to prevent the Commons from becoming a vector in any spread of COVID-19. The Lougheed Learning Commons will open for the Spring 2021 semester on Monday, February 15 at 8 am.

  • The Learning Commons hours are posted here!map of seating at a round table, indicating that sitting across from each other is allowed, while sitting side-by-side is not.
  • The hours for the College Makerspace are still to be determined - we do not expect to reopen for Spring 2021. 
  • Building Concierges will monitor use of the building, and will determine when the Learning Commons is full. They may turn students away until there are free seats.
  • All students and employees must use the card-swipe entrances to the building: One on the Merritt side, one on the Carson side, and one soon to be installed on the Satterlee side. This will ensure the building is used only by members of our educational community, and aid us in contact tracing if needed.
  • All visitors must wear a face covering at all times while in the Learning Commons.
  • No eating in the Learning Commons; Minerva's cafe will be closed.
  • People may sit together, so long as they maintain the six-foot distance recommended for safety. Signs in the Commons demonstrate how this can be done with our furniture - six-foot round tables are awesome!
  • The second floor of the Learning Commons is closed. Please see the College Libraries website for information on accessing library collections.
  • In accordance with campus policies, there will be no tabling in the Learning Commons.
  • Tech Support will  be provided by CTS, online and in person (as soon as students are done with precautionary quarantine).
    Tech Support

None of this is ideal for collaborating, socializing, and creating - and when it is safe to do so, we will return the Learning Commons to the student-centered, free-flowing space that you knew and loved. Until then, please join us in making safe choices.

If you have any questions, please contact Jenica Rogers, Executive Director of the Lougheed Learning Commons.


    The Lougheed Learning Commons lobby has been organized to provide comfortable group seating and study space, centered around a sculpture by artist John Van Alstine, which was donated by Donald and Kathryn Lougheed. The Lougheed Learning Commons provides access to campus computers, printing, document scanning and various other technologies. The Single Service Point information desk is there to assist people with circulation services, reference services and on-site tech support.

    Not sure where something is located inside the Learning Commons?

    1st Floor | 2nd Floor

    Current Access Map (PDF)

    Upcoming Events

    Until further notice: No events for the Fall 2020 semester will be scheduled in person in the Learning Commons.

    Sticks and String will meet online in Fall 2020! Zoom meeting information is shared through the Stitch 'n Bitch club on Get Involved.

    Learning Commons Services

    •  Makerspaces Due to social distancing guidelines, the Makerspaces may operate on different processes in Fall 2020. More information coming soon!  

    • Group study rooms - Due to social distancing guidelines, the group study rooms in the Learning Commons are closed
    • Meditation and silent prayer room Due to social distancing guidelines, the meditation and prayer room is closed

    All services in the LLC are reviewed and evaluated by the LLC Advisory Board

    If you have an idea for a new service in the Lougheed Learning Commons, please fill out and submit the proposal form

    Service Proposal Form

    Displays and Tabling

    Would you, your group, or your organization like to set up a display in the lobby of the Learning Commons? Are you a professor looking to display your class's projects?

    For details on the other services normally offered in the Learning Commons, and to determine what has gone online, please check each office's website: