Mower Faculty Commons

The Judith C. and Eric Mower Faculty Commons grew out of a faculty feedback survey in 2017 and focus groups in 2018. Faculty indicated it would be valuable to have a centrally located, welcoming meeting space that encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration. The 5,000 square foot space was designed for gathering, meeting and working independently or with colleagues across campus.

The Mower Faculty Commons, located in Bird Library Room 548, is set up with a variety of seating for casual interactions or more structured meetings. There are individual workspaces, small gathering spaces, some soft seating and meeting rooms. It can be used for informal meetings, faculty training, video conferencing, research collaboration or any number of academic and research scenarios. Faculty can access the Mower Faculty Commons by swiping their RFID enabled Syracuse University ID card. To provide feedback or input on the space, furniture or equipment, complete the Faculty Commons Feedback Form. View the layout and variety of spaces in the Mower Faculty Commons.

Who can use the space?

All Syracuse University designated faculty, including adjunct and emeriti, are invited to use the Mower Faculty Commons. Faculty members may invite post graduate student guests to attend a meeting with them in one of the rooms. Librarians may use the rooms to meet with or present to faculty. Note, however, that classes or meetings with students (aside from post graduate) should not be held in the Mower Faculty Commons. It is not available for use by SUNY-ESF faculty, graduate students, PhD candidates, or teaching assistants.

Accessing Faculty Commons

The Faculty Commons Room 548 is open the same hours as Bird Library's fifth floor hours. It is accessible by swiping your RFID enabled Syracuse University ID card. The RFID ID cards feature a picture of the Stadium and Hendricks Chapel. If you have an old ID card, you will need to update to a new RFID-enabled ID card via the online ID Card Services Issue/ Replacement Form. You will not be charged to replace an old or damaged card if you indicate such and turn the old card in. Card access is controlled by ID Services, not the Libraries. The space is accessible using the elevators and automatic door opener. There is also an accessible washroom opposite the entrance. For other accommodation needs, contact

Using Private Reservable Rooms

Faculty can reserve one of three video capture/conference rooms (capacity of up to three people) or one of three conference/meeting rooms (capacity ranging from 8 to 20 people) through a self-service room reservation system. The QR code posted outside each room can be scanned to complete the online reservation form (the link is available on When reserving the room online, select the desired space (availability noted in blue) and submit the selection until the summary screen appears.

Please be considerate of your fellow faculty members. Unlike other library meeting rooms, there is no key for use of the Faculty Commons meeting rooms. They will be unlocked. If there is high demand for meeting rooms, please limit your reservation to one three-hour slot per day. Please be courteous and vacate the room at the end of your reservation time, and please leave the room as you found it. For other Libraries meeting rooms, use the Libraries’ Reserve a Room.

There are also three small meeting rooms that are available first come, first served (not reservable).


The Faculty Commons is equipped with technology such as workstations, printers and video-conferencing equipment. All technology, including private reservable rooms, is self-service. Instructions are provided online and in each room.

Faculty may bring their own laptops or devices to use at one of the five writing workstations, which are equipped with USB-C hub monitors for hookup.

There are five high-performance computer workstations with a widescreen monitor and equipped with specialized licensed software for modeling, engineering and other functions commonly available in University computer labs.

There is a color printer available for faculty use that is connected to the campus print management system and will require faculty to use their print quota or purchase funds.

Technology in the Private Reservable Rooms:

Kitchen Use

The small kitchen area in the Mower Faculty Commons includes light snacks, Keurig coffee, tea and a water cooler to help fuel faculty while using the space. There is also a microwave and refrigerator. Like the entire Mower Faculty Commons area, this space is self-service, so please keep the area tidy. Pages Cafe on the first floor of Bird Library has food available for purchase. If bringing outside food into the Faculty Commons, be mindful of food with strong or distinctive odors and dispose or take whatever is remaining.

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