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Information about the Pop Up Learning Lab and reservation forms

View of the Carothers Library Pop Up Learning Lab


The Pop-Up Learning Lab (PULL) can be scheduled for information literacy and library-related instruction sessions by URI course instructors or professional staff for workshop-style classes where students need desktop computers and access to other library materials. Other University groups and committees may schedule the space for a maximum of three hours on a case by case basis. Space closes one half hour before building closes. Capacity: 24.

The PULL is located within the Library Learning Commons area and includes 24 VDI computers set on long countertops with 24 chairs on wheels. A folding partition can be used to temporarily close off the open doorway. 

  • Teaching Station: Instructors should plan to bring their own laptop and adaptors as there is no teaching computer available in this space. Projectors may be borrowed from Classroom Media Assistance for projection on the south wall. 
  • Student computers: Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is virtualization technology that hosts a desktop operating system on a centralized server in a data center. The VDI desktops have Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Microsoft Office 2016, Acrobat DC, Zotero, Write-N-Cite, GIMP2, Mendeley Desktop, and RefWorks. Because these are virtual machines, there is no capability to save files locally. Save files to Google Drive or a USB drive. 
  • Additional equipment: Wall-mounted whiteboard. Whiteboard markers are available for checkout at Circulation.

Extra technology may be requested through Classroom Media Assistance at or 874-4278.

If you need to cancel your reservation, please email Deborah Mongeau at and Mary MacDonald at

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