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New spaces and resources to help you study effectively

The University is set to introduce more spaces and resources to help you study effectively during the upcoming assessment period and in future years.

A microwave oven is the latest addition in the Library café. Requested by students, the microwave is available for use during Library opening hours, so you can heat up food during study breaks or at mealtimes.

Ella Asheri, Students’ Union Undergraduate Education Officer, was involved with the purchase. She said: “I'm thrilled to see the Library listening to students' requests for more places to study, heat up their food and make hot drinks for free! These small (and some large) changes can make a huge difference to students' wellbeing, making the stresses of university life that little bit easier.”

Later in April you will see a selection of new outdoor furniture around Library Square, acquired in response to student feedback. The addition of tables and seating will enable more students to study comfortably outside in the warmer months.

During the busiest weeks of the year-end assessment period in May, there will be a pop-up Library on the Mandela Hall balcony in Falmer House. Organised in collaboration with the Students’ Union, this study area will seat about 50 students from 7.00am to 12.00 midnight between 6 and 10 May. Look out for more information coming soon.

Grainne McDermott, Frontline Services Manager for the Library, said: “We know how busy it is, especially coming up to exams. We know how stressful it is. We’re listening to students, and we’re doing what we can to take care of their needs.”

We are also preparing for the new academic year. From September the refurbished space in the Library previously occupied by the Institute of Development Studies will provide over 100 new study spaces.

Students will have the opportunity to feed in to plans for the area currently housing John Smith’s bookshop, which will be repurposed for the 2019/20 academic year. Instead of a permanent shop, John Smith’s Group is exploring a pop-up presence on campus at the start of each term. A tailored online store, linked to suggested readings, will continue to be available for Sussex students.

September will see the introduction of new gates and a new book sorter in the Library, which will help students to access the Library more easily and borrow and return books more quickly.

Jane Harvell, Director of Library Services and University Librarian, said: “These projects – more study space, more responsive services and, very importantly, a microwave in the Library building – are all responding to the feedback we’ve had from our students this year.

“We will be continuing to listen and make changes in collaboration with students in coming years to make the best possible use of the space we have on campus for study.”

You can find further information about study spaces and resources on the Student Hub and the Library web pages.


Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Wednesday, 3 April 2019

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