One hundred and eighty-one new learning spaces will be set up in the Student Services Centre (Bonnefantenklooster) before the end of the year. Six months later, an additional 72 places will be created in the Randwijck university library. According to Ingrid Wijk, director of the university library, this will take the university back to its (self-imposed) standard of one learning space per 7.5 students. During the previous academic year, it appeared that the capacity of 2003 learning spaces was too small, which explained why students were complaining. A special project team looked at approximately 25 university buildings to see where the approximately 200 new learning spaces could be created. The Bonnefantenklooster was the only one that remained. Here, office spaces will be turned into learning spaces. A number of employees will have to move.
Furthermore, the very large gallery in the hall, the former church part of the convent, will be removed. This monstrosity was once meant as an informal meeting place and could also serve as a seating area for films projected on the opposite wall, but not much has come of that. In practice it is merely an obstacle for Coffeelovers customers, who, if they are not paying attention can bump their heads. The space that becomes available will be used to create 60 lounge spaces: easy chairs and sofas. There will be a normal staircase to the space above. All in all the Bonnefantenklooster hall should become the “beating heart of the university”, which is open to the city: university meets society.