Your feedback, Low Light Study Space Trial

From February-July 2019, we trialled a low light study space on level four of the Biological Sciences Library. In this post, we discuss your feedback on the space and our thinking on providing additional low light study spaces in the future.

The trial was a success

We collected your feedback via a survey advertised on our website and on signs in the low light space. 

In general, you liked the space. While the number of completed surveys was relatively low, we did not receive negative feedback or complaints about the space. 

You discovered the space in person

Graph of results displaying how students discovered the low light space. Description of results below, on this page.
Results (rounded) of survey question: "How did you learn about the low light study area?".
Total responses, 26:
- 22, discovered in person (84% of respondents)
- 2, signage (8%)
- 1, word of mouth (4%)
- 1, social media (4%)

You used the space to study

Graph of results displaying how students used the low light space. Description of results below, on this page.
Results (rounded) of survey question: "How did you use the space?".
Total responses, 36:
- 22, using a laptop (61% of respondents)
- 10, reading printed material (28%)
- 2, sleeping (5.5%)
- 2, other (5.5%)

You liked the lower level of lighting

Graph of results displaying how students rated the level of light available in the space. Description of results below, on this page.
Results (rounded) of survey question: "How was the lighting level?".
Total responses, 23:
- 4, too bright (17% of respondents)
- 17, perfect (74%)
- 1, fine with desk lamp (4.5%)
- 1, too dim even with lamp (4.5%)

You would like similar spaces in other libraries

Graph of results displaying that students would like more low light study spaces. Description of results below, on this page.
Results (rounded) of survey question: "Would you like to see similar areas in other libraries?".
Total responses, 23:
- 21, Yes (91% of respondents)
- 1, No (4.5%)
- 1, Other (4.5%)

Some of your comments

Where necessary we have made minor edits to these comments to improve their readability.

This is a great initiative. I have always had issues with my sight being sensitive to light and unfortunately people seem to go overboard with lighting. I immediately felt more comfortable and I was able to concentrate more on my work.

The lower light also stops most of the reflection on my laptop making it easier to read content. Please keep this going!


I love this, I have never been able to study and focus better. Since the lights are a bit dimmed it might seem as if you might fall sleep, however, considering the desk lamp or the lights of electronic devices such as my personal laptop, it is great.

The lights are not dark at all and perfect for studying. Please do not alter this section as I can not find anywhere else on the campus comfortable and more desirable for studying. Since discovering this place I have been able to study and focus much much more compared to that of before.


It's perfect to be able to turn down the brightness of my computer to save power but still be able to see a lot of the screen!


It’s actually amazing. This is a fantastic place to sit in the library and i found it much easier on the eyes for me to study in. Please (pleaseeeeese) consider increasing the number of low lit areas in bsl as well as other places like the central library !!!


More low light study spaces

Thank you for providing feedback on the low light study space. Since you have told us you like them, we will keep the current low light space in the Biological Sciences Library and consider additional low light spaces in other libraries in the future.

We will convert a section of the level three study space in Dorothy Hill Engineering and Sciences Library to low light space in July-August 2019.

Send us your feedback

We welcome your feedback on the low light study spaces and our libraries in general. You can send us feedback using our:

Other ways to contact us.

 

Last updated:
25 July 2019