SMART Learning Commons

Learning Services for University of Minnesota Students

From the University Libraries and the Office of Undergraduate Education

Featured Service
Peer-Assisted Learning
Peer Assisted Learning
PAL provides free weekly study sessions in select courses, facilitated by trained undergrads who use cooperative learning strategies and small group work, so students can practice problem-solving and better understand course concepts
[ more ]

Tried and Tweaked: Activities to re-energize peer learning sessions


Just released: A collection of first-person narratives about activities that PAL facilitators created and conducted in their sessions. Learn more and request a copy.

Work for SMART!



There are many opportunities for undergraduates to contribute to the campus community and develop their skills in meaningful positions within the SMART Learning Commons. Learn about all of our student positions here.

Get Help With Your Media Project


We have equipment to check out, software to use with online resources, and in-person help. Make an appointment to work with a consultant. For quick questions, the SMART Learning Commons desk staff can give limited on-demand support during staffed hours.

John R. Borchert Map Library

"In a period of intellectual flux, when geography seems tempted to follow nongeographical sirens of transient glamour, John Borchert always manages to anchor the discipline's sense of identity on the rock of cartographic information." Yi-Fu Tuan

Archives and Special Collections Web Pages

Archives and Special Collections (“ASC”) is home to the University of Minnesota’s collections of rare books, personal papers and organizational archives. Materials in ASC, often called Primary Sources, include letters, diaries, organizational and business records, drafts of literary works, drawings, artifacts, maps, posters, old or rare books, photographs, architectural plans, audio visual recordings, and electronic records, to name just a few.

ASC is composed of individual archives and libraries (“ASC units”), each focusing on a specific subject area:

Visiting the Archives

Most of the Archives and Special Collections units located in the Elmer L. Andersen Library are on the West Bank Campus of the University of Minnesota. The University campus is approximately one mile from downtown Minneapolis and eight miles from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. There are nearby stops for city buses, airport hotel shuttles, and light rail. There is a pay parking lot next to the library and parking ramps within 1-3 blocks.

For Libraries not in Andersen, check here

Getting to our building (E. L. Andersen Library)

Using materials in the Reading Room

Use of archival and special collections materials is freely granted to all responsible researchers, subject to the following regulations and procedures, to ensure that the materials are protected from deterioration, mutilation, or loss.

Policies and Procedures for Using Materials in Archives and Special Collections

  1. Your first stop is Information and Registration in Room 219 where you will complete a registration form and get an orientation about the use of materials in the reading room.