About the Merensky Research Commons
The Merensky Research Commons was developed as part of the national Research Libraries Consortium (RLC) Project funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. This project aims to contribute to the development of dedicated facilities, shared technologies and well-trained librarians to increase library support for researchers at the beneficiary institutions. This project has three core components that are considered significant and important for the development of researchers in South Africa:
- The design and location of a Research Commons in each of the libraries
- The development of a corps of librarians who are equipped with the appropriate understanding of and skills for the support of postgraduates and researchers
- A collaborative initiative to develop and jointly manage a web-based research portal
Situated on the fourth floor of the Merensky 2 Library on the University of Pretoria's (UP) Hatfield campus, the Merensky Research Commons is a dedicated, advanced space for fully-registered Masters and PhD students, postdoctoral scholars, and UP staff. It combines research and social space that contributes to social dialogue, scholarly exchange and intellectual development. This facility enhances the Library's commitment to supporting postgraduates, academics, and researchers in their research endeavours. It also contributes to the University's research output. The space includes workstations, seminar and group discussion rooms, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a separate lounge area that provides for relaxation.