To achieve a balance between social and quiet spaces that accommodate a variety of learning styles, KSL’s facilities have gone through a series of innovative, experimental transitions over the past few years. KSL has piloted different types of furniture, spaces and arrangements to gain insight from actual users before final purchases are made. Implemented changes are based on this feedback, and surveys and comment cards continue to inform future efforts.
The library’s first floor has experienced ongoing changes to create an environment that best encourages interaction and collaboration. The Service Center, centrally located on the first floor, has been reimagined as a one-stop-shop for equipment and DVD checkout, fielding of research questions, book checkout and pickup of reserve material, OhioLINK and interlibrary loan items. New energy-efficient overhead lighting now highlights the Service Center desk as the place to seek hands-on assistance with the library’s expanded array of services. The new equipment display counter allows library users to view and test media equipment available for loan. All items on display are fully powered for a true try-before-you-borrow experience. A self-service laptop vending kiosk is also conveniently located on KSL’s first floor that allows students and faculty to check out Dell or Apple laptops for up to three hours of use within the building.
On the second floor, the latest transformations of spaces have focused on versatility and custom-ization. Sample furniture was placed on the floor during the fall 2013 semester to collect input from students about their preferences. Based on feedback, KSL proceeded with a renovation that replaced previous fixed-in-place furniture with a variety of ergonomic chairs, tables, ottomans and other casual seating. All new pieces are mobile to offer increased flexibility. The transformation also resulted in an overall increase in the number of seats available. Upcoming renovations will continue to prioritize comfort and flexibility, including replacing the seating on the third floor quiet study reading room with new ergonomic chairs this summer.