As the Webster Transformation progresses, so does the number of environments for study and research. We listened to our users’ needs for a diverse range of working environments. By the time the Webster Library Transformation is complete, we’ll offer a total of 21 different types of spaces for the Concordia community.

  1. Individual seats, with lighting control, electricity and minimal interaction with the person in front.
  2. Seats with a desktop computer and additional electrical outlets.
  3. Carrels (with dividers of 6 or 8 inches high) that allow for more privacy.
  4. Carrels with 14-inch-high dividers.
  5. Areas with soft seating for informal group work.
  6. Large tables at counter height for group work.
  7. Banquettes and round tables for group work. These types of seating arrangements allow group work to be performed in an open-air environment.
  8. Group study rooms with a large table, comfortable chairs (all of them with casters), a large screen with Wi-Fi or wired ports, and multiple power outlets. These rooms can also accommodate a camera to make use of videoconference software for project- or research-related use, or even for job interviews!
  9. Presentation practice rooms — a variation on group study rooms.
  10. Consultation rooms for meeting with librarians for research assistance.
  11. Individual tables along the atrium to allow students to work individually while being in a social learning environment.
  12. Standing desks which respond to a need that was expressed regularly during consultations with the students.
  13. One enclosed Reading Room accessible to graduate students only.
  14. Three Dissertations Writers’ Rooms. These designated spaces create excellent conditions for our graduate students as they write their dissertations or theses. The rooms offer individual lights, electrical power and Wi-Fi, lockers that can be reserved for a semester-long period, and shelves that can be assigned for an academic year to students who want to store library books for their research.
  15. A Graduate Students’ Lounge situated between the Dissertations Writers’ Rooms, allows for informal conversations between students. In addition, a dedicated photocopier, scanner and printer is available, as is access to a kitchenette.
  16. Classrooms are another type of learning and study space offered by the Library.
  17. Multifunctional Rooms for active learning activities, equipped with all the required technologies, are used by faculty members and librarians for teaching and learning activities.
  18. The Technology Sandbox is where students will be made aware of, and will be able to explore new technology. It is where, among other things, they will learn how to use 3-D printers, or how to create prototypes and small projects with microcontrollers like the Arduino. The Technology Sandbox will be open to all students, from all programs, to create and recreate knowledge with technology.
  19. The Data Visualization Studio will allow projections and animations of still and moving images, with or without sound, in order to provide a greater understanding of academic material.
  20. The Seminar and Thesis Defense Room is a space to hold closed symposia, seminars, meetings or lectures. It was designed with the important event of the thesis defense in mind. An external examiner can participate through videoconference. Projection capability and all expected technologies are made available.
  21. Immediately adjacent to the seminar room, the Friends of the Library Room has a dual space function. It can be used for a celebration, following a successful thesis defense or for a book launch closing a symposium. When, most of the time, the space is not required for social events, it becomes a zero-noise room for students who wish to enjoy an extremely quiet environment.