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Learning Commons & Library


The Learning Commons encompasses the Mabee Library, the Kresge Academic Support Center, the Mabee Computer Lab and Tech Help Desk, Archives, and the “Dewey’s Book & Bean” coffee shop.

Use the links to the left for more information about each of these services. The Learning Commons is your one-stop location on campus library and research resources and assistance.

News & Announcements

Collaboration Station Now Available!

The Mabee Library has been awarded a sizeable grant from a library organization of which we are a member to develop and install a "collaboration station." This is a work area for small groups, with a custom table and chairs, and a large screen monitor - and, behind the scenes, a sophisticated screen sharing device - that will allow users to sit together and wirelessly share their PC or Mac laptop screen for group viewing. The technology has now been installed and tested, and is now available for use! The collaboration station is on the main floor of the library (we reserve the second floor for quiet study). The collaboration stations has already proven to be a valued work area for students, faculty, and staff. You are invited to check it out, and use it to study together and work on team assignments and research. Usage instructions are at the station. The collaboration station may be reserved for use at a particular time, too.

Maker Meetup

Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 7-9pm in the library! Have you seen a 3-D printer in action? Or wondered how DIY hobbyists create robotic projects like quadcopters, or generate art with low-cost computers like Raspberry Pi? If this sounds like fun, here's a great chance to rub shoulders with Kansas City-area maker enthusiasts, and learn about the maker revolution. Everyone is encouraged to attend...even if this doesn't relate to your major. We are confident that it will be a fun learning experience. This event is sponsored by the Mabee Library and the Kansas City Open Hardware Group.

Games, Learning, and Libraries...Oh My!

MidAmerica Nazarene University is one of 17 institutions nationwide to receive a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Service’s Sparks! Ignition program. The grant will support MNU’s GOAL21: Gaming Opportunities in Academic Libraries for 21st Century Skills project. Grant project co-directors Lauren Hays, MLS, instructional and research librarian, and Mark Hayse, PhD, professor, said the $20,000 award will help create a Center for Games and Learning at the MNU Mabee Library.

Extended Hours During Finals

Again this semester the Mabee Library will be open until 12:00 a.m. on November 30 through December 4, and December 7-11, to provide students with additional time for preparation for their final exams.


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Contact the Library

Attn: Learning Commons
MidAmerica Nazarene University
2030 E. College Way
Olathe, KS 66062

Phone: 913.971.3485
Fax: 913.971.3285
Text to Chat: 913.440.4447
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Semester Hours
7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday
12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday

Summer/Break Hours
8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday
8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday
Closed Saturdays and Sundays

24/7 Computer lab & Study room is available.


Library Enters World of Texting


Mabee Library has unveiled a new service that enhances our ability to communicate with MNU faculty, staff, and students. Now, in addition to supporting live computer chat through our library webpages, we also accept text messages. Library users may text 913-440-4447913-440-4447 to ask questions; we will reply by text message. Remember, texting and driving don’t mix, but texting and studying (as long as you text the library!) now go hand in hand.