Johns Hopkins University

Brody Learning Commons

Location: Baltimore, MD
Client:  John Hopkins University
Architect:  Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott

Project Description:

The Brody Learning Commons is a new four story addition to the Milton Eisenhower Library.   The technology-rich Learning Commons includes group study spaces, seminar rooms, and a state-of-the-art lab designed to integrate the role of scientists into the field of paper and manuscript conservation. The Rare Books and Manuscripts collection is on prominent physical display, supplemented by digital presentation of materials that allows users to compare and contrast different editions of rare documents in virtual and physical form.

An atrium, which provides a transition between Brody and the Library, allows natural light to reach the lower levels of the Library while providing a civic space for the Learning Commons and the library community.  This building adds an additional 500 seats (approximately 1/3) to the existing library and is completely wireless enabled.

Learn about the Brody Learning Commons and the ideas behind this 21st Century library space by viewing this promotional video:


  • Technology Planning and Programming
  • Architectural Design Support
  • System Design
  • Implementation Oversight 


  • Audiovisual Systems
  • Telecommunications
  • Data Networking
  • Videoconferencing
  • 100% Wireless Technology


  • Provides a transformative learning environment, fostering community between students and faculty, and the campus and the rest of the world
  • Links traditional tools of the past with the promise of the future
  • Reinforces the role of the Library and the Learning Commons as the heart of the Homeland campus
  • Educational Technologies that encourage collaboration