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Information Commons

The Information Commons has been renovated into several different usage areas. The Information Commons proper features academic work stations (computers) for students and a number of quiet work tables that feature  power for personal devices, and the entire area is wireless enabled.  The new space also features a networking commons that students can utilize for social interaction or non school related technology needs.  The space offers two quiet study rooms for group work.  Directly off the front entrance is the traditional library, which features a fireplace, the remaining printed works, quiet reading furniture and several display cases for museum art or archives artifacts.

The numbers behind the renovated commons:

Information Commons Proper (about 8,500 Sq. Ft.)

  • There are 48 computers available to students that have all of the programs used at Jesuit on the desk top.
  • Behind the circulation desk there is a ready reference cart that features about 50 reference books.
  • The Information Commons offers over 30 printed periodicals to include the Dallas Morning News and the New York Times
  • There are 4 tables available for quiet reading and study
  • There are 8 work tables available for quiet study and silent group work

Social Networking Commons (440 Sq. Ft.)

  • Features 20 social computers

Traditional Library Space - 1,280 Sq. Ft.

  • Has 4 tables, 2 couches and 10 chairs for silent reading.
  • Displays the "Love of Reading" books that showcase faculty favorites and lending books
  • Houses the greatest works collection and the remaining print collection
  • Displays art from the museum and artifacts from the archives collections
  • Features a section of work "For, By and About" the Society of Jesus
  • Serves as a classic meeting place and living room for the Jesuit community

Study Rooms x 2 (260 Sq. Ft.)

  • Room 1 has a large table for writing work and group work
  • Room 2 has 2 group study tables for small group work
  • Each room features a 23 inch monitor and computer that will be upgraded to a Smartboard in the future

Reference Texts by Title

The 2009 World Almanac and Book of Facts


The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

An Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations

The Columbia Encyclopedia

The Columbia Granger’s Index to Poetry

Cultural Atlas of Russia and the Soviet Union

Dictionary of the Spanish and English languages

Encyclopedia of American Heritage

The Encyclopedia of Phobias, Fears, and Anxieties

The Encyclopedia of the Irish in America

The Encyclopedia of Visual Art

The Facts on File Dictionary of Astronomy

The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music

Historical Atlas of the Holocaust

Larousse Encyclopedia of Archaeology

Lend Me Your Ears – Great Speeches in History

Mythology – An Illustrated Encyclopedia

The Oxford Classical Dictionary

The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States

The Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations

Oxford Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Arts

The Oxford Illustrated Encyclopedia of Peoples and Cultures

The Oxford-Duden Pictorial Spanish-English Dictionary

Webster’s Biographical Dictionary

Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary

Webster’s Concise Desk Encyclopedia

The Writer’s Handbook

Magazine Periodicals by Title


Bloomberg Businessweek

Conde Naste Traveler

Congressional Digest

Current History

Dirt Rider



Four Wheeler


Hot Rodding



Poder Hispanic

Popular Mechanics

Popular Photography

QST (amateur radio)


Science News



Sports Illustrated

The Atlantic

The Economist

The New Republic

The New Yoker

The Pennsylvania Gazette


Mission Statement

The Jesuit Information Commons is committed to supporting the school's mission by providing convenient and effective access to high quality library services, collections in a variety of formats, and information resources designed to meet the curriculum, research, professional, intellectual, creative and personal needs of the Jesuit community.

The Information Commons seeks to:

  • Provide a pleasant, user-oriented learning environment for on-site users and the technical infrastructure and online environment, resources and services for both distance learning and campus communities.
  • Initiate, enhance, and improve new and traditional user services.
  • Support the instructional, information, research, and curriculum needs of Jesuit through an effective collection and resource development and management program.
  • Promote communication and collaboration both within the Jesuit community through participation in cooperative efforts, projects, proposal and agreements.
  • Provide a competent, skilled staff dedicated to meeting user needs by encouraging and providing opportunities for professional and student training and development.

Information Commons Links

Electronic Research: Subscription Services

Research Help: Primary Sources vs. Secondary Sources

Research Help: Primary Sources Online

Research Help: Using Exact Phrases

Writing Help: A Working Outline

Writing Help: A Social Studies Writing Guide

Traditional Services

Contact Academics
Ben Kirby ’00
Assistant Principal of Academics
972-387-8700 x560


Mark Wester
Info Commons Director


7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday


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