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Pacific Lutheran University

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Library Snapshot Day 2018: How can the Library be improved?- By Category

Snapshot Day took place on May 14, 2018. It included suggestions from students for a new Library vision statement.

By category - "How can the Library be improved?"

This year we posed the question, "How can the Library be improved?" and asked for a few response sentences. Below are the parsed out responses under categories with rough counts to illustrate the number of times a topic was mentioned. “*” notes that a student put a star next to an existing statement in agreement or that multiple students made the exact same statement.

Computers & printing - 25 mentions

Outlets - 23 mentions

Hours - 14 mentions

Furniture - 13 mentions

Bathroom - 10 mentions

Temperature - 8 mentions

Study Rooms - 5 mentions

Quiet - 5 mentions

Textbooks - 3 mentions

Other

 

Computers & printing - 25 mentions

Can we please have a monitor that’ll hook up to our PC’s?
Change HDMI cords at tables with TV’s so they work with new computers
Clean the keyboards more often***
Computers are hit and miss
Computers on 2nd & 3rd floor
Free/cheaper printing
Maybe have phone chargers to rent
More cables to hook up computers
More computers*
Wi-fi printing*********
Thanks for not having/making PLU students change out password needlessly!
 

Outlets - 23 mentions

more outlets********************
Outlets EVERYWHERE
Extension cables on all tables
 

Hours - 14 mentions

Don’t close so early on weekends*
Library hours extended & weekend hours**
More dead week hour for finals*
More hours**
More weekend hours, Spring break hours
Open library access with card 24/7
Weekend hours (earlier on weekends)*
 

Furniture - 13 mentions

Bean bags next to the windows on the 3rd floor.
Better chairs with support*
Can we please have couch?
Lamps instead of fluorescent lighting
More armchairs with fold-out desks
More bean bag chairs
More bean bag chairs/spots
More comfortable chairs*
More study booths
New desks
New seating
 

Bathroom - 10 mentions

2nd floor bathrooms don’t need 2 doors to go in
All gender restrooms on every floor*
Bathroom on the 1st floor*
Larger accessible bathrooms*
More bathrooms*
More than 1 bathroom on the 1st floor
 

Temperature - 8 mentions

FIX THE HEAT******
So hot on the 1st floor!
 

Study Rooms - 5 mentions

Bring back the original way you reserved a study room. The new way is so slow.
Improve study room reservations (bigger time blocks)
Improve study rooms, many feel cramped and too small for even one person
Make study rooms quiet on 3rd floor
More study rooms
 

Quiet - 5 mentions

Keep noise level down on 2nd floor*
More quiet on 2nd floor
Sound control
Try to control the noise level on 2nd floor
 

Textbooks - 3 mentions

More “required” books available for classes**

Other

Better advertisement of the services in the library
Fully functioning vending machine (always working)*
hot water for tea (coffee/tea stand)**
More water bottle refilling stations
Online instructions on how to use copier and other services*
Snacks are always a plus
Some type of meditation space
Thanks for not having/making PLU students change out password needlessly!
Whiteboard markers available at library for loan
bring the art pieces back to Wakanda (a.k.a. origin and description of these pieces. Thank you!)
Please return artifacts on 2nd floor stairwell foyer to Wakanda! But seriously . . . context and info about how these pieces were “collected” is critical.