Q. What is the Space Hog Campaign?
From the 19th November 2018 the Boole Library will run a campaign to alleviate the pressure on students looking for a study space.
This is in response to student demand for a fairer seat occupancy system at peak study times.
Student monitors will patrol the library at random times and leave notices at unattended seats.
If after 1 hour the seat is still unattended, that space will be cleared and items will be moved to a box nearby.
This will free up the space for others to use.
If you'd like to see a sample of students' comments on this topic in the most recent Library survey please click on the link below.
- The reason students are "hogging" the space is due to the lack of resources available to students at UCC. The library is always full, computers are never available and its due to the fact that the college wants as many students as possible to increase revenues without the investment in facilities for the students. I dont think its helpful to blame the students for wanting to work in the library - that is what they have paid for and the reason signed up in the first place.
- Reply to comment 1.
Thank you for engaging with us on our Space Hogging initiative. UCC Library did not take the decision to run this initiative easily. We have had a problem, which escalates each year coming up to the exam period, where stressed and angry students approach us, as they cannot find a seat in the library. They go from floor to floor and see all the desks with books and bags and no person studying. This is just one of the reasons we are trying this initiative.
We have up to 2,000 study seats in the library and very rarely do we have that number of students studying here. We do not have the capacity to allow students to arrive in at 8 a.m. and keep a seat for the day. If everyone took their belongings with them when leaving the library for more than an hour there would always be a free seat.
We would advise students to contact Student IT services re. the public access PCs.
- I have spent this entire week in the library. Anytime I have been leaving for more than an hour I have brought my things with me, which is fine. Almost every time I have gotten up to refill my water, go to the bathroom or take a call (all activities that take no longer than 2-5 minutes), when I come back there is a pink sheet waiting on my desk for me. I have no problem with what the library are doing here, in fact it is probably needed. It is the fact that I have seen so much paper being wasted unnecessarily in the last few weeks. Why are UCC and the library running such an extensive "Green Campus" campaign when you are just combating completely with how you are running this initiative. We know what time we leave at, and we know how long an hour is, so please hold on to your paper as it is nothing but a waste that we do not need!!
- Reply to comment 3.
Thank you for engaging with us on this.
We were very aware that we'd be using a lot of paper during the campaign, so we made sure that we would only use paper that had been in stock for a long time and that was unlikely to be used for anything else.
We did not order any new paper.
Monitors also collect used slips from the desks and recycle them.