The John and Joan Monninger Center for Learning and Research is situated where walkways from residence halls and the student center meet walkways to the other academic resources of the Florham Campus -- truly the Center of academic life for the campus. It offers learning spaces that range from small group study rooms to a 100-seat auditorium, linked by an open indoor crossroads with exhibit space. All of its spaces are equipped for wireless computing and for appropriate display technologies.
A gift from alumnus John Monninger, BS'65, and his wife, Joan, enabled the University to create this new learning environment, where students and faculty to come together in groups from one-on-one to large multimedia lectures, and to collaborate with each other with the support of modern library technologies.
The center makes extensive use of natural light, has high efficiency heating and air-conditioning units and uses recyclable materials wherever possible. It includes the sunny Orangerie, which originally provided the Florham estate with fresh citrus fruit through much of the year.
The Campus's Academic Support Center resides within the Monninger Center, with multiple rooms dedicated to tutoring and aiding students in their area of study. Students can reserve tutors and times that fit their schedule, completely free of charge.
The Center's library resources include -- in addition to its 150,500+ general circulating and reference book volumes, and approximately 500 currently received journals in print -- several non-circulating collections offering specialized research materials. These include the Douglas Lloyd Kahn Collection on the History of Photography and Film with some 2,500+ titles; and the smaller non-circulating collections of Literature by Black Authors, in particular African American writers in first editions; the Florham-Madison and the Twombly estate collections; as well as the archives of Fairleigh Dickinson University founder Peter Sammartino; the New York Cultural Center (NYCC); and those of the Florham Campus. The library offers intercampus loans from the Giovatto Library on the Metropolitan Campus as well as from Mahoney Library at the College of St. Elizabeth. Interlibrary loan arrangements with other library resources nationwide are also available.
- Rooms for individual and group study, with Internet access and a workstation; some with media viewing capability.
- Open spaces for 24/7 study, casual conversation, art gallery/exhibits.
- PC Lab for hands on library instruction.
- 100-seat, high-tech auditorium for lectures, meetings, media viewings.
- Office and work space for librarians, academic support staff, and information technologists.
- Environmentally-aware design for efficient heating and cooling.
- Flexible design to accommodate future changes in technology, learning and student needs.