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(Jan 29/19) Thode and HSL are probably the best two libraries on campus. Thode because it services
science and engineering students, who make up the majority of the population, and HSL because
of its natural light and great study atmosphere. However, to a lot of students (mostly those
who live on the side of campus near the football field) these libraries are very
inaccessible/ inconvenient. It can take almost half an hour to get to these locations from
Les Prince Hall and even longer in the winter. In the cold weather, it is especially brutal.
There and back, its almost an hour of walking! Has the library considered running shuttle
buses or golf carts from this area to the various libraries so students do not need to waste
so much time and can make the most of what the library has to offer? It would be nice for
students not be discouraged by a long trek in the freezing cold?
Thank you for your suggestion. Transportation to/from and within campus is a very complicated topic, one which is discussed at many different tables and in many contexts.
I cannot see us being in a position to provide the kind of shuttle service between libraries (basically to and from other parts of the campus) which you are requesting at this moment in time, but it may be that this becomes part of a larger conversation related to the LRT, city bus schedules/routes, opening of the new Peter George Centre for Living & Learning, and the proposed reconstruction of the School of Business. We will continue to raise these types of concerns at meetings where we are involved in these larger conversations.
In the meantime Mills Library is much closer than HSL and Thode, and there are some parts of the building which students do enjoy studying in very much. Why not give us a try?
Anne Pottier, Associate University Librarian, Services/Facilities
Answered by: Anne Pottier (Associate University Librarian, Library Services)