OSU’s University Libraries desired to establish a space within the existing 18th Avenue Library that would become the main point of connection between researchers across all disciplines at OSU as well as provide a variety of services and resources supporting research.

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The new Research Commons is envisioned to be a unique, creative, and flexible environment that leverages the latest technology to encourage happenstance discovery and innovation; it is intended to raise the bar for interdisciplinary partnerships, teamwork, and research.

The space enhances the research process by enabling relationship-building, fostering a greater sense of participation in, and understanding of, the full spectrum of research. The Research Commons environment encourages researchers to interact and connect spontaneously across typical academic barriers through the use of transparency, embedded technology, and multi-function space geared towards presentations, group sessions, and the brainstorming of new ideas.