You talked. We listened.

What was this project about?

In 2018, UNSW Library started a project to find out how you use Library spaces. We wanted to know:

  • how UNSW students use the Main and Law Library physical spaces.
  • what students need from those spaces.
  • how UNSW Library compares to other Group of Eight (GO8) Australian university libraries.

For more information read the full Library spaces utilisation and needs report.

You talked

Almost 3,000 people completed our survey. Over 900 people put up post-it notes on our graffiti boards. We interviewed over 130 people after using Library spaces. We also observed how you liked to interact with our spaces and your furniture preferences. Your message was clear: you want more space, desks, and chairs. You want an increase in quiet places to study. You want places to recharge your devices, as well as a kitchen for food and drinks. You want us to be open longer hours.

You talked. We listened.

We listened

The environment is more study-focused,” one student told us about studying at the Library. “Productivity is higher than if I study at home.” You told us that you like studying at the Library but can’t always find a place to sit. In fact, over half of you told us that space and seating issues or the Library being too crowded, was one of the main reasons you wouldn’t use Library spaces.

So, in March 2018, the Library opened a new range of individual and collaborative study choices with 300 additional seats on Level 2 of the Main Library, printers and a designated eating area with kitchenette. All of it is available 24/7.

Throughout 2018 and 2019, UNSW Library will continue to expand the number of individual and group study spaces at the Main and Law libraries.


What you asked for What we are doing
Open longer hours A new 24/7 study space on Level 2 of the Main Library
More space Over 300 spaces in the Main Library and more to come
Extra USB & power points New desks are equipped with study lamps, USB & power points for more flexibility
Kitchen facilities A kitchenette is now available to students 24/7 on Level 2 of the Main Library
More private study areas The new 24/7 space has individual study choice with privacy screens and individual lighting
More group study areas In addition to the existing group areas, more collaborative spaces have been created for the 24/7 space
Extra relaxation areas A flexible range of comfortable lounge areas have been created
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