Dust Bunnies Beware!

Do you ever look around your house or dorm room and wonder how it got so dusty? Well imagine looking around the historic George Peabody Library and seeing what can only be described as historic dust and antique dust bunnies! On January 7, 2013 library staff, refreshed from their holidays, came back and did a […]


Notices and Signs

There are very few signs in the Brody Learning Commons. Areas are named and rooms are numbered. There is a space directory that is being edited for accuracy. Level identification is still under review and many folks have expressed an opinion about this. But we don’t have signs about the rules. There aren’t any messages […]


Loving those lockers!

When you have a very long study session and need to take a meal break, a locker can be your best friend. But not all lockers are created equal. If you’re trying to decide where to store your stuff, here’s a quick overview of the different styles we offer. Carrel Lockers A student can request […]


Wait a Minute, Something’s Different Here!

Monday morning a major change happened at the library. At 8:00 a.m. after years of anticipation, the doors between MSEL and the Brody Learning Commons (BLC) quietly opened. By 9:00 a.m. there were scholars in the the Winston Tabb Center for Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Archives Research. By 9:30 a.m. there were students in the […]


An Archaeology of Knowledge

What do netsukes, skulls, globes, portable pianos and lab equipment have in common? They are soon to be part of an art installation in the Brody Learning Commons designed by noted artist and curator Mark Dion. Building on the theme of the Wunderkammer, or wonder-room, Dion describes his installation as “an archaeology of the material […]


Who’s In Brody? Special Collections!

The Brody Learning Commons will be student-focused space, full of natural light, group study space and a bigger cafe (no more waiting for tables, we hope!). We have, though, carved out some space for two departments that you’ll definitely want to check out when the building opens: Special Collections and Conservation and Preservation. Special Collections has always had […]


The Path to Brody, Part I

A building with the latest technology, designed with users in mind and intended to be the heart of the campus. Makes you think of the Brody Learning Commons, right? Well, actually, it describes the intent behind the MSEL. Looking at the building today, it’s hard to imagine that these were the goals for it, but that is what […]


The Brody Learning Commons: A Quick Primer

If you’ve been here all summer, you’ve no doubt seen (and heard) the construction progress on the Brody Learning Commons. However, if you’re new to Johns Hopkins or just back after spending the summer months away, here some things to keep in mind: The Brody Learning Commons is a new library facility and will connect […]


Not quite the dawn chorus

On Thursday, June 30, workers will be drilling through the concrete deck of the library on M level. Work will begin at 6 am and should be complete by 10 am. The drilling is part of the work being done on the south patio, which is closed for the summer so that workers can add new roofing, […]


A chill in the air?

On Monday, June 13, maintenance will be conducted on hot water pipes in the Milton S. Eisenhower Library. This work will entail the hot water being off for the majority of the day and will result in colder than normal temperatures in many areas throughout the building. The work will not, however, affect hot water delivery […]