Study space

Feedback from the 2012 reader survey fell into two categories: 'Provide more quiet study space in the library' and 'Make the library a better place to work'. We have made the following changes in response to comments about specific libraries.

Image of reader sitting in Weston Library, Bodleian Libraries

Quiet study space

You said

Postgraduates want more quiet study spaces for individual activities in the Social Science Library.

We did

The carrel booking procedure was updated in December 2013, making the majority of them accessible to all SSL readers. Desk dividers were installed in the East Graduate Study Room during Summer Vacation 2014. During Hillary Term 2014 the SSL conducted a survey of readers to assess the desire for a 'laptop free' zone within the library - the majority of respondents were not in favour of this.

You said

Keep the Old Library and Sackler reading rooms silent.

We did

We have moved all services in the Lower Reading Room (reserve and Enquiry Desk) to the north end of the reading room, immediately as you enter. This means that the middle part of the reading room and entire south range are now very quiet zones uninterrupted by library staff activity, enquiries and phones ringing.

We have maintained a number of desks at both the south end of the Lower Reading Room and in the Upper Reading Room where readers should not use computer keyboards.

With the move of Special Collections to the new Weston Library, Duke Humfrey's Library now provides additional quiet space in the Old Library.

You said

We want more quiet study space in the Radcliffe Camera.

We did

A bay in the Upper Camera Gallery has been dedicated as the quiet zone. Generally the Upper Camera is much quieter than the Lower Camera as the staff point is within an office.

You said

We want more quiet study space in the Oriental Institute Library.

We did

There is now a study area in the OIL basement, located in the Window on Korea area, for quiet or group study. We also regularly monitor the Library for any readers that may be breaking the rules regarding noise.

You said

Special Collections reading rooms are too noisy.

We did

The reading rooms in the recently opened Weston Library are designed to be silent spaces, with consultation rooms and a dedicated enquiries area (Samsung Room) where readers can speak to staff outside the reading rooms.

Better places to work

You said

We are not happy with the study space in the Health Care Libraries.

We did

We have refurbished both the Cairns Library and the Knowledge Centre.

You said

We want more group study space in the Radcliffe Science Library.

We did

We have refurbished space of levels 5 and 7 of the RSL to create 22 new group study spaces, featuring a variety of seating and 'whiteboard' tables.

You said

The Lankaster Room in the RSL is not a nice place to work.

We did

We have improved the lighting and heating in the Lankaster Room.

You said

We donít know what we are allowed to do where in the RSL.

We did

We have improved the signage.

You said

The wooden chairs in the RSL are uncomfortable.

We did

We have provided cushions in the Reading Rooms for readers to help themselves.

You said

Please provide more comfortable seating in the Law Library and make it a more inviting place to work.

We did

We have installed sofas in the Official Papers and Graduate Reading Rooms.

The Bodleian Law Library will be refurbished as part of the St Cross Building Project.

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