Libraries of the Future

Making spaces committed to learning, creation and collaboration

Carnegie Mellon has created spaces for 21st century learning in our library facilities

Carnegie Mellon is home to leaders and world changers, entrepreneurs and collaborators in all disciplines, stretching from digital media designers to computing masterminds. In a world so driven by technology and collaboration, Carnegie Mellon is committed to serving makers with vision with an interactive 21st century library. 

Hunt Library and other campus facilities have transformed in recent years. With information more readily available on a desktop or mobile device, wherever you are and whenever you need it, libraries are starting to serve a different purpose. 

Carnegie Mellon announced a partnership with Digital Science, serving the needs of scientific and research communities. Dean of Libraries, Keith Webster is a world leader with his vision for libraries of the future. When asked about the future of libraries and books, Webster responded, "Books and libraries have a long relationship, one that will continue well into the future, but I think that anyone who uses any type of library today will recognize the array of services, resources and technologies made available (makerspaces, gaming studios, collaboration spaces) alongside spaces for quiet and reflective study." His research shows that students who spend time in the library are interacting with technology and one another in studying for exams or working on group assignments. Webster asserts that, “The university library systems have to strike a balance between the familiar functionality of popular web services like Google and Amazon and the need to deliver targeted access to high quality peer-reviewed content and scholarly digital collection.” 

Carnegie Mellon has created spaces for 21st century learning in our library facilities with quiet study areas and interactive spaces for discovering, learning and creating. The basement of Hunt Library is home to the Integrative Design, Arts and Technology (IDeATE) network that connects diverse strengths across the university to advance education, research and creative practice in domains that merge technology and arts expertise.

IDeATe@Hunt is a new collaborative making facility which includes a digital fabrication shop, a physical computing lab, an interactive media black box, traditional fabrication facilities and collaborative design studios that also serve as classrooms for studio-based courses. The facility supports students and faculty working together across disciplines in "maker" experiences that combine arts and technology. These types of collaborative, learning-through-making experiences are a key part of the residential experience at Carnegie Mellon; where experts from diverse areas with curious, open minds meet to develop the next great ideas. 

Hunt Library isn’t the only facility on campus committed to creation and collaboration. Sorrells Engineering and Science Library in Wean Hall has undergone a transformative renovation to support the 21st century needs of students. There’s a number of group study and project rooms, individual study carrels and a meeting and discussion space. 

Carnegie Mellon is committed to serving students with the itch to create, innovate and change the world by providing spaces like Hunt Library and Sorrells Engineering and Science Library where students can thrive in both quiet study space and collaborative facilities.