The LOES in the WALC holds approximately 30,000 print volumes, emphasizes the focus on provision of digital resources, and consolidates the holdings and services of six formerly separate libraries (Chemistry; Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences; Engineering; Life Sciences; Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences; and Physics), all into one easily accessible location.
With input from departmental faculty, Purdue Libraries faculty evaluated and selected materials for the physical collection of the LOES. The books, reference collection, and standards have been identified as high-use, high-demand materials that best support the teaching and learning goals of the curricula within the schools and departments.
In planning for the WALC, Purdue University Libraries faculty and staff consulted learning-design expertise based on the creation and success of current active-learning classrooms. All classrooms in the building become available study spaces after classes end.
The Reading Room features a spectacular view of Purdue's iconic clock tower, and an Au Bon Pain café and bakery provides food services on the first floor. Once construction is complete outside the building, the Au Bon Pain will open onto the patio adjacent to the building. Beginning August 21, the WALC is open 24 /7 (with some exceptions during the year).
The WALC is a student-centered facility with a variety of resources, study areas, and versatile spaces open to all students on campus. The LOES includes the Data Visualization Experience Lab of Purdue (D-VELoP). In D-VELoP, students can use the visualization lab, “Viz” Wall, 3-D printer, and/or receive assistance to help them turn their data into knowledge through visualization technologies.
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.
The walls of the WALC are rich with reproductions of historic photographs of the Purdue University campus. Artifacts and photographs from the working 1924 Power and Heating Plant can be found throughout the building, memorializing the rich legacy of this central site on the Purdue campus. A smartphone tour enhances the exhibits, by providing information and interactive activities designed to make a visitor’s experience an extension of the WALC active-learning philosophy.
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