Santa Clara University

Information Services

Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center, and Orradre Library

This facility was built not merely to house library materials and computers, but also to create gathering places for people to use informational, technological, and media resources for teaching, learning, and scholarship. The full range of cutting-edge technology, coupled with knowledgeable human resources, will help visitors find, understand, evaluate, and manipulate information to meet their diverse needs.

Size  194,000 square feet on four levels
Seating  Over 1,100 reader seats in a variety of formats, including carrels, small tables, movable lounge furniture, and outdoor seating in the café and terraces.
Architects   Pfeiffer Partners Architects
Green Features
  •  70% recycled content in the 135,000 cubic foot concrete slab
  • 100,000+ square feet of carpet tiles to simplify replacement
  • 90% of non-storage areas have natural lighting and outside visibility
  • 34 creeping figs on the "green wall" in the light well providing natural light to lower level offices
  • Waterless urinals and flush toilets using reclaimed water
  • Energy-efficient lighting throughout
  • Minimal use of materials with vinyl, formaldehyde, phthalates, or mercury
  • Raised flooring to reduce cooling and heating costs
  • Reused roof tile from Orradre library
Fun Facts
  •  47 LCD panels througout the building, ranging from 40" to 57" diagonal screens
  • 15 ceiling mounted projectors
  • 11,328 bins in the Automated Retrieval System
  • 1,300 inscribed concrete pavers sponsored by SCU alumni and friends
  • 8,750 pavers still available
Special Features
  •  Open, airy, light-filled public spaces designed more for people than library materials
  • Adaptable design permits easy reconfiguration to meet changing requirements
  • Wide variety of seating types, many of which can be rearranged by visitors to meet immediate study needs
  • Three open-air terraces to enjoy California's climate
  • 200+ state-of-the-art computers
  • Wireless networking throughout
  • Wide array of wired connections and electrical outlets

Learning Commons
  • 25 collaborative workrooms with walltalker® whiteboard wallpaper for floor-to-ceiling note-taking
  • Three-story atrium with living room area featuring casual lounge seating and study carrels
  • Three video viewing and taping rooms
  • Saint Clare Room
  • Outdoor Sunstream Café

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Technology Center
  • Information Commons with 68 high-end computers, 11 media stations, two assistive technology stations, reference materials, and helpful staff.
  • Faculty development lab
  • Multimedia lab
  • Drop-in computer lab with dual-display computers
  • Videoconferencing room
  • Two training rooms for library and technology instruction
  • Two video editing suites
  • Three Educational Experimentation Rooms for testing new educational technologies

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Orradre Library
  • Approximately 250,000 volumes on open shelves
  • Approximately 550,000 volumes in the Automated Retrieval System, which has a total capacity of 1.1 million volumes
  • Approximately 590,000 government documents
  • Approximately 865,000 microform units
  • Rev. Norman F. Martin, S.J., Archives and Special Collections Reading Room and Exhibit Area
  • More than 1,100 reader seats on all levels

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