Located in the heart of campus, the WALC will serve as a central location for classroom and library space. The 164,000-square-foot facility will house 27 class rooms designed for active learning. Library study and collaborative spaces are interspersed with the classrooms throughout the building. The WALC will be open 24/7 (with some exceptions during the year). The program and design of the WALC creates highly efficient use of university space.
Classrooms will become available study spaces after classes end. The Grand Reading Room will include a spectacular view of Purdue's iconic clock tower. An Au Bon Pain café and bakery will provide food services on the first floor and will open onto the patio adjacent to the building.
In planning for the WALC, Purdue University Libraries faculty and staff brought learning design expertise based on the creation and success of current active learning classrooms.
This will be a student-centered space with a variety of activities, events and versatile spaces open to all students on campus including a state of the art Maker Space and Geographical Information Visualization Center.
The Engineering and Science Library housed in the WALC will result by combining six disciplinary libraries (Chemistry; Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences; Engineering; Life Sciences; Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences; and Physics). The Libraries faculty and staff, collections, and new technology supporting these disciplines will come together in the WALC.
As essential learning hubs, the remaining libraries will continue to serve the campus community including Archives and Special Collections; Aviation Technology Library; Hicks Undergraduate Library; Humanities, Social Science and Education Library; Mathematical Sciences Library; Parrish Library of Management and Economics, and Veterinary Medical Library.
collaborative and is premised on students and instructors being mutually responsible for the knowledge and academic success as an outcome of learning activities.
A teaching/learning methodology characterized by students' engagement in activities that require greater responsibility for the knowledge they gain.
An enriched learning environment based on the close proximity between teaching and study space and an enhanced IMPACT curriculum transformation