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Student Study Space Survey (2012)

The survey created by the library's Student Advisory Group was sent to all students in February of 2012. It queried students on where their favorite places to study were on campus and asked them to choose key features that made these spaces a desirable place for particular tasks. Below is a brief summary of 342 responses to five scenarios:

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Scenario 1: You have a 10 page paper that was assigned weeks ago that is due tomorrow . . .

 

Where is your favorite spot to get this done?

Burke Library 35%
Kirner-Johnson 31%
Taylor Science Center 19%
My Dorm / Home 7%

 

What are your favorite study spot's key features?

Quiet 87%
Space to spread out 85%
Private 85%
Network and power 75%
Lighting 61%
Comfortable seating 49%
Close to home 44%
Proximity to food 20%
Social atmosphere 13%
Technology 12%

 

View all results from the survey.

Scenario 2: You have a lot of reading to do before class the next day . . .

 

Where is your favorite spot to get this done?

Kirner-Johnson 30%
My Dorm / Home 24%
Burke Library 22%
Taylor Science Center 12%
McEwen 4%
Sadove Studnet Center 4%

 

What are your favorite study spot's key features?

Comfortable seating 73%
Lighting 62%
Quiet 62%
Private 56%
Space to spread out 56%
Close to home 56%
Network and power 31%
Proximity to food 23%
Socialable atmosphere 22%
Technology 5%

 

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Scenario 3: You have a project to work on with a small group . . .

 

Where is your favorite spot to get this done?

Kirner-Johnson 58%
Taylor Science Center 28%
Burke Library 4%
Sadove Student Center 4%

 

What are your favorite study spot's key features?

Space to spread out 89%
Network and power 67%
Lighting 62%
Sociable atmosphere 56%
Comfortable seating 54%
Technology 40%
Close to home 38%
Private 37%
Quiet 26%
Private 20%

 

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Scenario 4: You are studying for finals . . .

 

Where is your favorite spot to get this done?

Burke Library 36%
Kirner-Johnson 23%
Taylor Science Center 20%
My Dorm / Home 9%

 

What are your favorite study spot's key features?

Quiet 91%
Space to spread out 89%
Private 84%
Network and power 74%
Lighting 67%
Comfortable Seating 57%
Close to home 52%
Proximity to food 36%
Sociable atmosphere 25%
Technology 17%

 

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Scenario 5: It's an typical night and you just need to get some work done . . .

 

Where is your favorite spot to get this done?

My Dorm / Home 35%
Kirner-Johnson 25%
Burke Library 17%
Taylor Science Center 12%

 

What are your favorite study spot's key features?

Space to spread out 82%
Close to home 75%
Comfortable seating 73%
Network and power 73%
Lighting 65%
Quiet 63%
Private 62%
Proximity to food 47%
Sociable atmosphere 41%
Technology 15%

 

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Burke Library as a study space

 

What are the library's key features?

 

Paper
Due

Finals Reading Typical
Night
Small
Group
Quiet 88% 94% 46% 61% 57%
Space to spread out 79% 82% 28% 79% 79%
Private 79% 78% 29% 55% 64%
Network and power 75% 75% 21% 80% 64%
Lighting 51% 63% 28% 66% 71%
Comfortable seating 31% 44% 25% 61% 43%
Close to home 32% 43% 22% 61% 29%
Proximity to food 20% 23% 8% 34% 7%
Sociable atmosphere 11% 22% 11% 50% 50%
Technology 19% 15% 4% 18% 50%

 

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