Click here to see the Questionnaire we asked 20 students. Below is an extract from my version of the brief, including the relevant results.
Research shows that people do actually know about it but aren’t necessarily using it.
It also shows that the majority of the 20 students asked were first and second years, we came across one third year, who wasn’t in the library but said they use it once a week.
First year students largely wanted more Macs and more space. One or two of them mentioned more books. Second years mainly wanted more books.
Only two of the people asked were international students. They were found externally and didn’t use the library often due to lack of space.
We came up with some tricks to heighten awareness and suggested them to students, both in and out of the library. The students inside said that prize incentives might get them there more, but the general notion was that they wouldn’t be using the library for the right reasons. Students inside the library didn’t believe that talking to real people, experts in fields, would be productive.
A few of the students outside said recommending books to enhance ‘community based learning’ could be a good idea but the majority said that no gimmicks would get them up there.