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  • What do you need - a quiet reading room or group study space?

    Interim Library instruction roomHelp the library decide how to best use the Interim Library's instruction room!

    When not being used for library instruction sessions, should the room be designated as a quiet reading room or as a group study space?

    Please vote by leaving a comment on this blog post. Or stop by the Interim Library to see the room, and vote on the large sticky notes on the wall!

    We'll announce how campus voted in Fall term 2009.



    All comments are moderated for appropriateness and may take a few minutes to appear.


    Posted on Friday, August 07, 2009
    Quiet reading room.  Having lost all o the study space from the upper floor libraries - students need all they can get.


    Posted on Friday, August 07, 2009
    Quiet reading room.  I am very concerned that there will not be enough quiet study spaces on campus come fall.  The library has already gotten quite full this summer.  Study space will be at a premium.


    Posted on Saturday, August 08, 2009
    Ditto to Devin's comment.


    Posted on Saturday, August 08, 2009
    Quiet reading room! Groups can study in Starbucks or just about anywhere but it's hard to find a quiet place to study.
    Thanks for seeking our input!


    Posted on Saturday, August 08, 2009
    A quiet reading room. The study area outside that room can be used as the group study space.


    Posted on Sunday, August 09, 2009
    Quiet Reading Room because students need that one place they can count on for complete silence, perhaps 24 hrs like before?


    Posted on Sunday, August 09, 2009
    I would appreciate a quiet reading room as sometimes even the normal library isn't quiet enough for intense studying or reading.  Groups can find other places to study like the lobbies of residence halls,...


    Posted on Monday, August 10, 2009
    Quiet study space.  I second Gayle's request, too - the loss of a 24 hour study space is a big loss.  It'd be really helpful if the school could make up for losing the all hours study room in the library during construction.


    Posted on Monday, August 10, 2009
    I agree. A reading room would be the most beneficial to me as it is hard to find quiet space on campus.


    Posted on Monday, August 10, 2009
    Quiet reading room would be great. Groups can easily reserve a classroom if they'd like a group study space on campus. Quiet rooms are hard to come by....


    Posted on Monday, August 10, 2009
    Quiet reading room.
    SU really needs one.


    Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009
    Quiet reading room


    Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009
    Please make it a quiet study room, and a 24 hour one. We pay way too much to not be able to access studying facilities 24/7.


    Posted on Friday, August 14, 2009
    Quiet reading room. It's one thing that's needed but sometimes hard to find on a college campus. Especially during finals week.


    Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009
    Quiet reading room all the way!


    Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2009
    I think that we need a quiet study room. Also, will there be any 24 hr spaces to work?  The residence halls are already planning to accomodate groups that need to meet.


    Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2009
    As an incoming student, I would say quiet reading room. Nothing will be quiet come Fall.


    Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2009
    A Quiet Reading Room!  I would prefer to study with a group in a Apartment or Res Hall Lobby but if I want to go to the library it is for study!


    Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2009
    Quiet reading room for sure!


    Posted on Monday, August 24, 2009
    Quiet Reading Room please!


    Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009
    I'd love a quiet reading room. I'm a Law student but find myself over in the Interim Library doing work because the Law library lacks quiet space.

    Nick Shea

    Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2009
    Quiet room, undoubtedly. We are begging for a 24 hour silent study space!


    Posted on Friday, August 28, 2009
    A quiet reading room. There are plenty of places where a group would be able to work and talk; I'm much more concerned about the amount of quiet space on campus.


    Posted on Wednesday, September 02, 2009
    All of the above, but quiet reading room I suppose. Group study spaces are easier to come by since anything can be turned into one.


    Posted on Thursday, September 03, 2009
    I hope we have more quite study places in the library. Right now we have way less than sufficient.


    Posted on Thursday, September 03, 2009
    A 24 hour reading room. If not 24 hours, at least 6am to 11pm.


    Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2009
    Quiet reading space, definitely. I'd certainly appreciate a 24 hour study area, and as others have said, group study spaces are much easier to come by. Silence is valuable.


    Posted on Monday, September 21, 2009
    i would easily prefer a quiet study area.  though any place on campus is a decent study space, what i enjoy about libraries is the mandatory silence.  keeping the interim library this way would be excellent.


    Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2009
    Definitely a quiet reading space. I feel like we have other community spaces on campus that cater to group projects. The library is the only place that guarantees silence. Thanks!


    Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2009
    We really need a quite study space as well as private study booths like the ones in the old library.

    Morgan Parola

    Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2009
    Quiet reading room with computers.


    Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2009
    Quiet space please!

    Tori Hed

    Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2009
    please make the space a quiet room!

    Kevin Nichols

    Posted on Thursday, October 01, 2009
    We definitely need a quiet study room. This is a huge concern for students, especially first year students.


    Posted on Friday, October 02, 2009
    I vote for a group study area.  My group has been trying to find a private room for group study and it's very difficult.  I think space is at a premium on campus for both.  But for me as a theology graduate student, private group space is necessary and unavailable.


    Posted on Thursday, October 08, 2009
    Thanks, everyone, for sharing your thoughts!  I'm one of the librarians and am sharing the results of the poll.
    When we looked at the comments here and on the big post-it notes actually in the classroom, the "quiet reading room" votes outnumbered the "group study space" votes by a wide margin.
    So, this room will be designated as a quiet reading room when it's not in use by librarians for instructional sessions or meetings.
    The library does have six computers with large monitors that are good for groups - and two of those computers are in cubicles that groups tend to like.  Also, groups are welcome to work at any of our other study tables or computers.
    More information soon on other study spots on campus!
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