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Grainger Hall

Located prominently in the very center of the UW–Madison campus, Grainger Hall is home base for the Wisconsin School of Business.

Inspired Learning Resources

This student-friendly learning and gathering space is one of the most visually appealing and technologically advanced business school facilities in the country—and a favorite study location for students from many campus disciplines.

Three high-tech auditoriums equipped with multimedia and broadcast capabilities

30 classrooms, including two reconfigurable collaborative learning classrooms

Fully equipped study rooms for group study and project work

A full-service café

A courtyard for outdoor breaks

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State-of-the-Art Learning Commons

The bright, contemporary, 35,000-square-foot Learning Commons is the physical center and dynamic heartbeat of the Wisconsin School of Business. The space occupies three floors in Grainger Hall. Its vibrant, “human-centered” architectural design reimagines business education, providing cutting-edge learning and study spaces loaded with supportive technology. The space—a collaborative project between the General Library System, Wisconsin School of Business, and the Business Library—is designed to inspire students, faculty, and corporate business partners as they collaborate with an eye to shaping the future of business.

First Floor

BBA student studying for his finals on the first floor of the new Learning Commons.

Huber Undergraduate Computing Lab

Flexible resources serve a wide range of options for instruction, study, or research.

  • Generous work spaces
  • Latest hardware and institutional software
  • Convenient onsite printing
  • Extensive power access
  • Projection features
Paul Leff talks to students in the Learning Commons Finance and Analytics Lab.

Finance and Analytics Lab

This technology-rich space offers the high-caliber resources students will use in the workplace.

  • Real-time market data via Bloomberg Terminal
  • Capital IQ, and other essential institutional business software
  • Recessing computer monitors for full-view interaction
  • Wireless connectivity to wall-mounted monitors
  • High-end web conferencing and audio equipment

Second Floor

Students studying in the Active Learning Classroom

Active Learning Classrooms

State-of-the-art “active-learning classrooms” offer flexibility to take learning to new levels.

  • Configurable furniture and ample computer and display capability
  • Spacious, informal seating for study, relaxation between classes, or meeting with instructors
  • Service desk for assistance with Business Library information resources

Third Floor

Students grab an opportunity to study for their finals on the third floor of the Learning Commons

Quiet Study

The third floor of the Learning Commons, accessible from the second floor, is a welcome haven for students to review notes, complete assignments or catch up on assigned reading.

  • Eight breakout rooms for small group study
  • A diverse mix of seating and microenvironments, noise-reduction features, and conducive lighting options to reduce eye-strain
  • Ubiquitous power options for using personal computer devices
  • 25,000-volume print collection

Building Hours

For students, faculty, and staff:

Sunday: 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Monday: 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Thursday: 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Fall/Spring Semesters:

Monday–Friday: 7 a.m.–7 p.m.
(Made-to-order items available from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.)

Saturday and Sunday: Closed


Only coffee, grab-n-go and flatbread pizza available.

Monday–Friday: 7:45 a.m.–2 p.m

Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Sunday: 12:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
Monday: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m.
Wednesday: 7:30 a.m.-12:00 a.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

*Learning Commons Traffic will need to enter through the Learning Commons entrance located on University Ave after Building Hours*

The hours of operation throughout different areas of the Learning Commons are tailored to meet student and faculty needs, accommodate classroom schedules, and deliver a positive, supportive learning experience.

  • Business Library
  • Finance and Analytics Lab
  • Huber Undergraduate Computing Lab
  • Active Learning Classrooms