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The WKU Commons at Helm Library

The WKU Commons at Helm Library

WKU’s Helm Library will soon undergo a transformation that will create The WKU Commons at Helm Library—an intellectual hub where students, faculty, and staff gather to share ideas and engage in active learning. The WKU Commons at Helm Library will be 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 WKU Commons at Helm Library is funded through a partnership between WKU Libraries and Aramark. 

Helm Library will close at the conclusion of the spring 2019 semester, and the WKU Commons at Helm Library is expected to open in 2021.


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

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Renderings and Schematics

Based on input from students, faculty, and staff, architects Luckett & Farley and Gensler provided renderings for the reinvented WKU Commons at Helm Library. View the renderings and other schematics.

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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 for the space.

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Steering Committee

Committee members from various campus departments and organizations will oversee the initiative, to ensure it stays true to the President's vision, and serves the student body.

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 Last Modified 2/28/19