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New Learning Commons at IDS

Exciting new learning commons space creates a new IDS 'home' for MA students

13 Sep 2017

The Learning Commons

After a long period of consultation and careful deliberation by IDS there is some signficant progress to report on IDS' sustainable library solution.Work started a few weeks ago on creating an exciting new learning commons space in what used to be first floor library space in the IDS building. Below is the paper design for the new space, which includes a new silent study room (with air conditioning) and a wonderful new bright and airy study area with different seating/study configurations to a high specification. 

We are open in time for the new cohort of students and think it will offer some of the best quality space in our building, reflecting our commitment to invest in and support student learning.  It will also provide a single ‘home’ for the MA students rather than having them scattered around the building wherever they can find a space to work. As part of the work, there is an upgrade to the AV set-up in the convening space (which should mean more of our seminars can be streamed online) and importantly, they are also tackling the squeaky floor.


The daily library service is now provided by the University of Sussex with all the IDS reading list materials now available from the library.
All the monographs are being transferred over the University of Sussex and will be loaned out as any other item of the library would be, and the important historic collection from BLDS will continue to be linked to the BLDS name and brand, and IDS and the University will be working together to improve accessibility and discoverability.  You can find out more in our 'BLDS - all you need to know' article.

Steph Watson, who some of you may remember from her work at BLDS, is moving to the teaching team as a Teaching Coordinator supporting PhD students, and providing specialised guidance MA and PhD students who have additional support requirements.

Images above are of the new learning commons space

Sharing your memories of BLDS

We've put together some photos that we could find of the various iterations of BLDS over the years. If you have any photos or memories you would like to share of BLDS with IDS alumni please email them to us at and we will share them with the rest of the IDS alumni network.

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