Information Commons Group

The Information Commons Group is run by the University Library.


The Information Commons is an integrated learning environment where all students have access to electronic information resources, electronic learning materials and productivity software, allowing them to integrate information into course work.

The main purpose is to provide access to electronic learning and information resources.

Students are able to retrieve information from library databases, e-journals and e-books, access course work through the University's e-learning system, send email and browse the Internet, use MS Office and other specialist software - all on the same computer.

The development of computer and information literacy skills is a key focus area of the Information Commons and opportunities for training are integrated into all aspects of service.

Use of the Information Commons is outlined in the Library and Information Commons – Rules and Directions for Use.

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A case study of the Information Commons Group at the University of Auckland, including original development and subsequent re-engineering of the original service model, can be found in:

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The Kate Edger Information Commons won the following building awards:

  • NZIA Resene Auckland Local Award for Architecture 2003
  • The Property Council of New Zealand Telecom NZ Ltd Education and Arts Property Award 2004
  • NZIA Resene Auckland New Zealand Award for Architecture 2005

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