Students who are unable to find a seat in the library could become a thing of the past under a new scheme which would allow students to check online whether there is space in the library and in which rooms the space is situated.
Under the scheme, students will be able to check online both the availability of space in the library and how busy each sector of the library currently is. This will be monitored by a member of staff who will note down the availability of space in each room on an hourly basis.
The idea, proposed by YUSU Academic Officer Daniel Whitmore after consultation with the library, is currently in the planning and development stage. Whitmore proposed the scheme after noting that “many students were unable to find space in the library, yet while the most popular areas such as Harry Fairhurst were continually full, there were other less popular areas of the library that frequently had space.”
One second year politics student told Vision: “This is a fantastic idea and I think it will be really useful, especially when the exam season comes around again. Even though, the library seems to be rammed every day at the moment. Obviously higher fees means people want to really study more.”
In addition, a phone app which would allow students to check library space on their iPhones is also under development with the IT department having recently been given sufficient funding to develop this.