Texas Tech University

Libraries Creates Additional Group Study Rooms

Hope Lenamon

November 14, 2017

The new rooms have been added to the stacks and feature SMART Kapp whiteboards.

The Texas Tech University Libraries recently combined individual study carrels to create small group study spaces featuring new furniture and technology. The goal of this upgrade is to address the need of group study space as stated in a recent library survey of students.

This makeover added 27 study rooms, 17 of which can accommodate groups of six or more. All rooms can be reserved at the front desk or by using the online room reservation system on the Library's website. A total of 18 SMART Kapp whiteboards were installed in study rooms on stacks levels one, two and three Since the new study spaces opened in September, they have been checked out 1,597 times.

Kimberly Vardeman, associate librarian for user experience, said that during the past year the Library conducted its library quality survey through LibQUAL on building and service improvements.

"This survey asks questions about customer service, access to library materials and resources and library spaces," Vardeman said. "It's an importanst survey because it gives us an all-inclusive look at how we're performing, helps us find the highest needs and identifies where we can take action to make improvements."

The creation of more study space, the installation of the SMART Kapp whiteboards and the provision of 10 traditional rolling whiteboards is in direct response to numerous comments from survey.

Renovations were made possible by the Coach Bob Knight Basketball Library Fund.

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