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The Commons at Helm Library

The Commons at Helm Library

WKU’s Helm Library has undergone a transformation to create The Commons at Helm Library—an intellectual hub where students, faculty, and staff gather to share ideas and engage in active learning. The Commons at Helm Library is a modern, multipurpose, student-centered space that…

  • offers multiple dining options.
  • provides individual study and collaborative work spaces for students.
  • facilitates student engagement with faculty and staff in an atmosphere where ideas can be formed, shaped, and shared.
  • honors the building’s history as WKU’s first basketball arena.

The Commons at Helm Library is funded through a partnership between WKU Libraries and Aramark. 



"While no one graduates from the library, no one graduates without the library." - President Timothy C. Caboni


Hours of Operations and Dining

Building Hours

Dining Hours


Inside the Commons at Helm Library at Western Kentucky University
Project History

During his investiture address, WKU President Timothy C. Caboni shared his vision to create a modern, collaborative, and multipurpose space that will bring the entire WKU family together in the heart of campus.  Following that address, a steering committee was formed to gather feedback from constituencies and to oversee the initiative. WKU Planning, Design & Construction partnered with the Chicago-based Gensler design firm and Luckett & Farley architecture firm of Louisville to finalize plans and schematics for the space.




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 Last Modified 11/9/22