Monday, 16 March 2009

Reserved desks for DPhils

Starting from today, a number of the study carrels on the first floor of the library will be reserved for specific users. This has been requested by the RAI graduate community and fits with the aims of the RAI to provide more dedicated workspace for graduates. Other readers are welcome to sit at the desks if they are not in use, but should be prepared to move if the named user turns up.

We will monitor how this works closely once we get into Trinity Term as use of the library increases. We do not want to disadvantage library users, but also do want to provide as good a service as possible to the RAI/US Studies community.


MaryClare said...

I think it's a good idea to give Dphil students a special place to work but I think it may lead to problems when the library is busy in Trinity. I am in the library now and only a couple of the assigned desks are in use but I didn't want to sit at the empty desks because of the hassle of having to move if anyone showed up. I suspect many other users will be similarly put off.

Jane said...

Thanks for your comment! This is exactly what we are going to have to monitor closely throughout the term, to see if it causes problems. The DPhils who have been allocated desks have been advised that they do need to use them precisely for this reason, particularly once we get into term. If a desk is not being used then we would want it to revert to general usage.