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Hamilton College Library
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About the Library

Library of the Future (2011)

The Library of the Future Committee was charged by the President with exploring future directions for the Hamilton College libraries in light of trends in teaching and scholarship, electronic presentation and access to information, and the costs of information resources. The report submitted in May 2011 included recommendations on enhancing the Library’s connections to the academic mission of the College, increasing opportunities for collaboration between the Library and on-campus and off-campus groups, and evaluating possible directions for the Library’s collections, both print and electronic.

Library of the Future Final Report

Appendicies A-D

Appendix E - Charrette 1

Apendix E - Charrette 2

 

Related Links

Student Survey Results

 

Please rate how important the following library characteristics are to you.

  Very Important Good to Have Not Important
Places for individual study 184 18 0
Places for quiet study 182 20 0
Comfortable surroundings 173 28 0
Computer work stations 166 33 3
Online access to most library materials from anywhere 166 32 4
Books 145 45 12
Natural light 135 60 6
Central campus library (physical materials all in one place) 121 69 11
Aesthetically interesting spaces/features 116 84 2
Personal assistance with research/technical questions 110 87 5
Places for group projects 101 86 15
24/7 access to all library materials & staff 89 97 16
Flexible environment (movable furniture reconfigurable spaces etc.) 86 87 28
Cafe (like an Opus) 69 90 43
Materials unrelated to course work (books dvds magazines audio books) 49 122 31
Social hub 21 58 128

 

When I come to Burke Library, I . . .

  almost
always
often some-
times
never
look for a quiet place to study 110 59 28 3
use the computers 79 72 42 6
use the library's books 21 41 97 40
study with friends or classmates 15 47 90 46
socialize with friends 9 36 91 64
get help with research or technical problems 8 27 108 54
browse the book stacks 5 24 92 77
use the library's print journals 3 24 82 91
nap 4 16 58 121

 

What is one thing you would most like to see CHANGED about the library in the next 10 years.

Feature Times
Mentioned
General physical appearance (ugly, uninviting, out of place) 44
More comfortable and varied work spaces with better seating and tables 34
Carpeting (bad color, dirty, and worn) 33
Better lighting 17
More/better quiet study spaces for individuals 11
More food options, perhaps a café 11
Better heating 9
More varied book collection, audio textbooks, streaming media, greater accessibility to online materials 9
More/better configured group study spaces 8
More/better placed electrical outlets 5
Better printer options for color and laptop printing 5
More Macs 5
Quieter environment 4
Provide 24 hour access 1
Expand all night reading room 1
More women's rooms 1
Make less crowded 1

 

What is one thing you would most like to REMAIN UNCHANGED about the library in the next 10 years?

Feature Times
Mentioned
Place for quiet study 27
Books 14
Computer work stations 13
Helpful staff 11
Space for individual study 10
Variety of study spaces 9
Large glass windows 6
Variety of resources 5
Study atmosphere 2
Accessibility of special collections 2
Location 2
Second floor study area with stained glass windows 2
New stack lights on third floor 1

 

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