Coming soon: a new way to find study spaces

The desks with sensors are in the silent study zone on Floor 2 West, by the windows on the north side of the building. If you enter the area from the direction of the main staircase, they're on your right.

We know it can get busy in the Templeman Library, especially in exam season. We’re installing new technology that will help you find a space to study.

From Spring you will be able to see at a glance how many desk spaces are available in each part of the Library – just like you can already see how many student PCs are available online and on screens in the Library.

How does it work?

We are installing sensors under desks in the study spaces in the Templeman Library. The sensors detect whether a space is free or not. They don’t collect any other information or personal data.

We did a trial run of this technology last summer, and found it was reliable and got good feedback from students who used the spaces.

How will it help?

You will be able to see how many spaces are free around the Library, so you can choose where to work and don’t have to walk around looking for a seat.

Kent Union supports this new service. Dave Cocozza, Vice President (Education), says, “Giving our students the tools to study easily, where and when it suits them, is fantastic and I’m very pleased to be working closely with Information Services on supporting innovations like this. Hopefully spending a bulk of your time finding a space to work from will soon be a thing of the past, so please do utilise this service as soon as it’s available!”

We will get a better idea of how the Library space is used. This will help us to provide study space that meets your needs and is better-used, and to make decisions like how to arrange the furniture.

 

 

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