Need a place to revise?…

We all know that, at this time of year, things can get quite stressful… Exams aren’t fun at the best the times, especially when you’re struggling with finding a space to study on Highfield campus, let alone the material.

highfieldThat’s why we’ve arranged for the Murray Building (Building 58, north-west side of campus) to have it’s lecture theatres open for students to use throughout the exam period. The rooms available are:

  • 58/1001 (L/R A)
  • 58/1003 (L/R B)
  • 58/1023 (L/R G)
  • 58/1025 (S/R H)
  • 58/1035 (S/R J)
  • 58/1037 (S/R K)
  • 58/1039 (S/R L)

These rooms range from small lecture theatres to seminar rooms with flat desk space, and a few plug sockets – so especially if you just need a place to sit and hit the books – check it out!

As well as that, from this week, the Murray Building’s computer suite is remaining open for 24 hours a day, and SUSU has booked out Bars 2 & 3, as well as Meeting Rooms 1 & 2, found along the corridor from the squash courts.

This is very much a short-term solution to an age-old problem, and I’m lobbying the Library to invest in it’s facilities, as well as continuing to invest heavily in online resources. If you’ve got any ideas, do leave them below!

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4 Comments on "Need a place to revise?…"

  1. Sasha
    Library worm
    08/01/2013 at 3:47 pm Permalink

    Do Hartley still doing ‘red card’ system?

    I see plenty of desk been empty for several hour !!!

  2. Sasha
    10/01/2013 at 8:05 pm Permalink

    I’ll check on that… I know there are less exams in January than the summer, so may not have realised it to be a necessity, but then again, I don’t know why they wouldn’t have kept it going after the success last summer!

  3. Sasha
    A radical thought
    10/01/2013 at 10:44 am Permalink

    Hi Sasha

    This might be a radical suggestion, but it would be interesting to see how many people actually go through some of the dusty magazine collections on the bottom floor or the books about Belgian Farming Laws in the 1860s (yes, I can procrastinate well, but it was vaguely interesting!!), when a lot of periodicals etc can now be accessed online – I’m not saying they’re not needed, but I don’t think anyone goes and gets the dead tree version anymore when it’s a couple of clicks away online

    Maybe it’s time the library looked at taking some of those things away, and archiving them in cramped rooms at the back or in the basement, where people can request them if they need them, but they’re not taking up space on the floor being easily accessible, giving more space for desks (with plugs) and computers, so people can use the library for what most people in the 21st century use it for, a space to study and access online resources

    I’m not suggesting it can happen this week, but has it ever been considered as a possibility – if not, could you maybe bring it up and see what the reaction is? There’s probably a good percentage of each floor which doesn’t need to be out on display, which would create some much needed study space if it was stored more compactly somewhere else.

    Thanks 🙂

    Radical Thinker

  4. Sasha
    10/01/2013 at 8:10 pm Permalink

    Hey up,

    the library are constantly monitoring what it can digitalise, whats being used/ taken out, and how hard it is to shift. Whats difficult is that they cant buy specifically the bookcase of shelf that they have in the library. Booksellers are clever in that they’ll sell you bundles of digital copies with maybe 2/3 books you want, then 6/7 you don’t – so it costs quite a lot, and these books will be spread all across the library. They’re well aware of the problem though, and in the last 5 years have spent millions digitalising books, so its well under way!

    A recent survey (last summer) actually said that overwhelmingly, students wanted more quiet study spaces – but anyway, there are movements towards developing a library master plan, which will be the next big investment in it after the £11m spend 10 years ago, and students will be an integral part of that too – so its getting there, its just not a quick solution…

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