This campus is located virtually on top of a large traffic interchange and the main route into campus is much busier due to a large road running through the centre with a constant stream of traffic.
The students also have a different style.....
The post yesterday concentrated on the U-Lounge, but I mentioned that the students need to both check into the library and check out.
|One of the 4 Library entrances|
|Study space booking kiosk|
YUL has a total of 6,000 study spaces with the majority being located within the Samsung Library facility. The spaces are located over 5 floors within the building and range from individual study areas to group and collaborative spaces, with or without technology.
One the first two floors of the Samsung Library, there is a staircase cutting the space in half, but the same facilities can be found either side of the staircase.
|View from the Multi Media Floor|
The stepped arrangement of the floors creates natural separation between the activities and also provides good views of the various activities. We can see a combination of PC cluster pods, laptop working benches, individual study carrels and hidden away under the floor plate to the left, some group working pods.
|Group Study Pod|
|Study pod facilities|
Outside the pods, the view is of the other facilities below,
|View of PC clusters and Laptop benches from pod level|
|Another view down the levels|
|View of set up|
The next floor is dedicated to multimedia facilities providing the whole range of playback and editing facilities.
|Viewing station for one, the umbrella turned out to b a key piece of equipment that day|
|Also provided are viewing stations for two students|
|Full editing facilities available|
|Studio, staff are on hand to provide support and training|
In addition to the general facilities, there is a small film viewing theatre which can be booked, but also where films are shown on several days of the week. The Librarians choose the films, and the students simply turn up.
In addition to student facilities, the Librarians have their own training room for delivering training on library systems etc.
The final floor to see was the Information commons. This floor is separated into three sections, the two outer sections fitted with traditional study carrels, and the middle section with standard study tables.
|Film Theatre, capacity 40|
|The PCs in this training room are located under the desk and the monitor drops into the table top|
|This multimedia lectern has a clever sliding top, here open,|
|and here closed|
There are 1,000 study spaces on this floor over the three sections
Each space has it's own unique number so that it can be booked through the Library booking system. Students can only make a booking once they have checked into the library. If they leave the library before their booking ends, the system will know and after one hour, will cancel any remaining time so the space can be reassigned
|Study Tables with access to power and data|
|Power and data delivery system within the table|
This is a large facility catering for a large number of students, not only giving the students plenty of space, but also giving them many options for them to choose the space that best serves their needs at the time. The Library was busy during my visit, but it didn't feel "crowded". Also, the noise level in such an open facility was very low, the students were concentrating on study, but most of them were working as individuals, with group work assigned to the group study pods.
Notwithstanding the space available to it to support the students, the Library has built in expansion space. Below the library is a 4 storey underground car park. Two of these floors have been built to facilitate future use as library/bookstack space in the future.