HPU Adds 'The Learning Commons' Satellite Library In University Center

HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 17, 2009 – High Point University has added an additional space for students to study and research, thanks to the opening of The Learning Commons, a satellite library in the University Center.

The Commons is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, when classes are in session. It offers secure, supervised study space and operates as a satellite location to Smith Library.

The full-time librarians provide research assistance, and students have access to technology and research materials, including 30,000 e-journals, 60,000 e-books and hundreds of online reference books. The facility also offers book, DVD and CD request and pick-up services. Students are also able to request an item from Smith Library and have it delivered to the Commons. The new area will also hold research workshops to assist students with finding sources for papers, locating appropriate online content and use of citation styles.

A Ready Reference collection is provided at the Commons research desk, and includes: Encyclopedia Britannica; styles guides such as APA, MLA and Chicago; College dictionary; foreign language dictionaries such as Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Arabic; Interpreter?s Bible; and GRE and GMAT test preparation resources.

The 277,000-square-foot University Center opened to students in August 2009. It includes housing for more than 500 students, as well as a theatre, convenience store, an arcade, study rooms and multiple dining areas.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/ or on Twitter at @HighPointU.

Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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