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Center of Learning and Innovation Updates

Library & Learning Center Transformation

To support the college’s objective to support student success, the goal of the Center of Learning and Innovation is to include shared spaces for the library, information technology support, tutoring, collaboration, content creation, & meetings.


Construction Begins on Bldg M
May 8-22, 2023

The Library was moved to a temporary location in Bldg I. Library services (reference, computers, check out) are available during Summer Hours. The collection was moved into a storage unit.

After the Library and Learning Center offices were moved out, demolition began.

Forum: Feedback from YC community
May 1, 2023

YC faculty, students and staff gave feedback on the renovation of Bldg 19.

Announcement: Floorplan for Bldg M Renovation
March 31, 2023

building M floorplan
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News: Release of Master Plan
November 16, 2002

The Digital Commons projects are referenced in the Facilities Master Plan Report p. 16, 38, 40-44, 58 and in the Report Appendix p. 20, 27, 29-30, 37-39.

Read the detailed report on the Facilities Master Plan website.

Forum: Feedback from YC community
November 18, 2022

YC faculty, students and staff gave feedback on the renovation of Bldg M.

Announcement: Project Timeline for Renovation of Bldg M on Verde Valley Campus

Project Details
Renovation of approximately 15,000 square feet of the first floor of Building M

Design Team

Construction Team
Haley Construction

Target Construction Start
May 15, 2023

Target Completion
May 31, 2024

Site Visit: Learning Enhancement Center & Library at Mesa Community College, Red Mountain Campus August 27, 2021

A group of YC Library staff members toured the libraries at both Mesa Community College campuses, the Paul A. Elsner Library & High Technology Center at the main campus and the Learning Enhancement Center & Library at the Red Mountain Campus. The Elsner Library has three floors. The first floor houses the computer commons, library circulation desk, graphic novel collection, leisure reading, learning enhancement center, writing center, and a spacious community room.

The general collection stacks begin on the second floor and continue up to the third floor. The second floor also houses a classroom, around 15 study rooms, a lactation room, a meditation room, offices for the librarians, their archives, a couple of family rooms and a nice sized conference room.

The third floor houses the rest of the circulating collection, periodicals & newspapers, an enormous reading room and a rooftop patio. 

The Red Mountain Campus has the Learning Enhancement Center (tutoring, media services, study rooms and writing services) on the first floor and the library on the second floor. This library has two patios! One of the library’s unique offerings is its “seed library.”

Site Visit: Cline Library, NAU August 20, 2021

A group of YC Library staff members toured the Cline Library on the NAU Campus.

Cline has a multitude of Labs: Photography, Podcast, Virtual Reality, Extended Reality, Makerspace, just to name a few. One of our tour-guides made the observation that you can never have enough white boards or power for students. Also noted was that study spaces near the book stacks become de facto quiet study areas. There is an auditorium that’s seats approximately 400 people just before you enter the library proper. This space is used for classes, guest speakers and local, community organizations. The Learning Studio on the second floor is a configurable, advanced technology classroom that can seat 70 students.

Site Visit: Verde Valley Campus Library July 4, 2021

Library and Learning Center staff from both campuses met with Dr. Ryan, Dr. Tina Redd, Stacey Hilton, and Tania Sheldahl at the Verde Valley Library to evaluate the current layout of the departments. 

Sophia Zarifis-Russell, Library Manager of the Verde Valley Campus Library, presented images of features available at other commons.  Features included a meditation room, private/together spaces, study pods, and shelving that allowed for collaborative spaces.

Site Visit: Library Learning Commons at Central Arizona’s Apache Junction Campus June 24, 2021

Prescott and Verde Valley Campus Library staff explored the Library Learning Commons at Central Arizona’s Apache Junction campus.

The commons contained mobile comfortable furniture and had lots of natural light. However staff were informed that, the open building layout created multiple issues for everyday use such as amplified sound, sun bleached books, lack of study rooms, ineffective tutoring spaces, lack of office space, and departmental hours of operation complications.  We will keep all of this in mind as recommendations for Yavapai College's commons moves forward.

Message from the Library Director

Mike Byrnes, Director of Library Services


We have exciting news to share: both of YC’s libraries will be transforming into a Center of Learning and Innovation. We hope to provide Yavapai College students with spaces that will motivate, promote and support both collaborative and personal learning. 

Maps: Bldg M

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building M floorplan

Maps: Bldg 19

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