In February 2014, we conducted an ethnographic study of how the Trinity community used the library, focusing on what spots and kinds of furniture people preferred, what kinds of activities they engaged in, what kinds of materials and technologies they used, and how often they used a particular spot.
We learned a lot from our findings, but what stood out most was students' intensive use of surface areas: print materials, laptops, paper notebooks, planners, calculators, smartphones, and waterbottles were often seen together. Small and large tables were in high demand and, compared to our other furniture, in relatively short supply.
We noticed the lounge area on the 2nd floor was scarcely used, and we could see why: poor lighting, outdated (and uncomfortable) furniture, and no places to spread your stuff out. So we created a traditional reading room, with tabletop lamps, plenty of outlets, and both small and large tables. Read more below, give the new space a try, and let us know what you think by clicking on the link to our feedback form, tweeting us, posting on our Facebook page, or by sending us an email!
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