Response to 2016 Student Survey Comments
June 1, 2016
While there were few comments directly aimed at the Health Professions Division Library, the majority of them involved seating/space in the Library itself and hours of operation.
Response: The library has increased the seating capacity in the main reading room over the years until we are at maximum capacity until construction is completed to allow more floor space for tables, carrels, and chairs.
HPD Library has experimented with expanded hours over the last three years to determine the optimum operating hours to accommodate student needs. During the fall 2015 exam period, HPD Library was open 24 hours/day. Our examination of the usage during that period of time indicated that many students prefer to stay past the normal midnight closing time until around 2am, at which time they leave. Starting around 5am, students return to the library to study before class time. Between the hours of 2 and 5 am, there was either no one in the library or at best, two or three students. As a result of this study, during the Spring 2016 exam period, the library stayed open until 2am and reopened at 5am for a three-week period. This proved to be an effective solution for those taking exams and will become the norm for future exam periods.
In addition, the HPD Library hosts a NightOwl program in the 24 study rooms, seminar rooms and computer lab located in the Assembly II Building adjacent to the HPD parking garage. Any student with a value NSU ID may take advantage of this 24/7 service during the months of September through May. Because of the smaller number of courses offered during the months of June, July and August, the service is not available during that time.
Noise in the library was also mentioned as a problem. The library addresses this problem on a regular basis:
All print and digital materials purchased and leased by the HPD Library are in response to specific curricular needs and faculty requests. Students may also request purchase of specific resources via a link on the Library home page. Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery services are available free of charge to all students and faculty to provide books, journal articles and dissertations not available from NSU Libraries.