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Counselling Art Therapy - Vancouver: Learning Commons Overview

The Learning Commons Space, Collections and Equipment

Learning Commons Vancouver Campus



Located on the 3rd floor, the Learning Commons at the Vancouver Campus is a quiet (but not silent) space for students to study and work on research assignments. The Learning Commons provides access to four computers, one equipped with scoring software for PsyD. students; a printer/photocopier/scanner; a large table for quiet group work; and comfortable seating areas facing Seymour street.

Food and drinks are not permitted by the computers.


The Learning Commons houses a small but specialized print collection, with a focus on Canadian content, in the areas of clinical and counselling psychology, organizational psychology, counseling psychology art therapy and public policy. 

The Learning Commons is also the home for psychological assessment materials and kits used by the Doctor of Psychology students from the PsyD. program. For more information on the policies and procedures to reserve assessment materials, please visit the Test Kits--Vancouver Library Guide.


Phone chargers for Android and IPhones and a MacBook power adapter (charger) are available at the Learning Commons. These are due back at the end of the same day they are signed out, before the Learning Commons closes.


Services and Support

The Learning Commons is staffed by one Librarian, three Student Library Assistants. Course Reserve materials are housed behind the Information Desk and students can sign out reserve materials for a 2-hour loan period, on a first-come first-serve basis. At the Information Desk, students can receive assistance finding academic materials, advice on how to navigate the website and electronic resources, and information about the Learning Common's policies.

Lauren Lacey, the Vancouver Campus Librarian, is here to support you and help you succeed in your program. They can help you with:

  • the research process
  • finding peer-reviewed articles and other scholarly sources on your research topic
  • learning how to use complex research databases such as PsycINFO
  • literature reviews
  • finding reliability and validity of tests and measures
  • finding assessment materials
  • learning how to use citation management tools such as RefWorks or Zotero
  • staying up to date in your area of interest

For in-depth research consultations, book online or email Lauren at for questions.