Library Spaces

LEaP StudioLEaP

The Learning Engagement and Practice (LEaP) Studio is designed for hands-on practice and problem-based library instruction.

As part of the Library's ongoing effort to equip Ferrum College students with 21st-century literacies, the LEaP Studio fosters information, solution, and collaboration literacies through active learning opportunities. Skilled librarians design and facilitate information workshops that promote deep learning; Students engage with learning content that is:

  • visual
  • active
  • meaningful
  • structured
  • collaborative

Mobile technologies and furnishings allow for optimal practice of 21st century knowledge skills.  The LEaP Studio is located on the first floor of Stanley Library.


Digital Media CenterDigital Media Center

Installation of the Digital Media Center will allow students to go from consumers of information to producers of information, using industry standard software in an environment focused on informed and ethical use of information sources. The DMC provides access to all of the Adobe CS6 MasterSuite Collection, including:

      • Adobe Photoshop Extended
      • Illustrator
      • Indesign
      • Acrobat Pro
      • Dreamweaver
      • Flash Professional
      • Fireworks


Coupled with our digital recording space, the Stanley Library provides a one-stop location for all students to design, practice, film, edit, and produce scholarly, digital communication projects. Services include: appointment based training consultation, self-paced tutorials, and self-service multimedia production.  The Digital Media Center is located on the first floor of Stanley Library.

 These spaces support the library's goal to provide 21st-Century Literacy education.

 Learning Commons

The Learning Commons includes spaces and services purposefully designed with students in mind. More than just a comfortable environment, the Learning Commons incorporates spaces for various student learning styles. This approach allows  learners to utilize areas and formats in which they learn best.  The Learning Commons is located on the second floor of Stanley Library.

Supporting Undergraduate Research through:

  • Collaboration areas 
  • Additional research stations 
  • Flexible learning spaces 
  • Print and electronic library materials 
  • New classrooms equipped with multimedia instructor stations 
  • Technology-enhanced study rooms