An LSC Guide Essay: University of Pennsylvania Libraries

With the growing emphasis on teamwork and collaborative problem-solving at Penn, administrators from the school of arts and sciences, the provost’s office and the library began to discuss the potential for a “collaboratory” where students would work in groups and access academic support services. Planning began in 2001 with regular meetings of groups of faculty and staff. The planners identified for renovation a large space on the first floor of the main library building, already a popular hub for undergraduate study.