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(Dec 6/11) I just spent 1.5 hours going between all four libraries trying to find a quiet study spot with an outlet. This is an enormous waste of my time and is unacceptable. Instead of wasting your money on new reception desks and gaming rooms, like Lyons, McMaster needs to get its act together and buy some damn tables and chairs. And dont reply by saying we are working on it. I have been hearing that for two years now and the situation has only gotten worse.
Library response: Thanks for your comment. We do understand your frustration, but please also recognize that this is one of the busiest times of the year in all of our libraries, and at times it is difficult to find a seat anywhere, let alone one which has access to power. Adding power for laptop use is one of our priorities in any space we renovate, as long as it is possible to add power in that space. We are in the process of finalizing the addition of 400 additional seats, about 1/2 of which will be powered, on the 2nd floor of Thode. The new furniture will arrive just after Christmas. There is temporary furniture there at the moment, but only for 250 users. A reminder that it is not necessary, nor advisable, to leave your laptop plugged in all the time. You should charge your battery but then unplug it so your charger doesn't get burned out. Please continue to be patient with us as we renovate our spaces. To do this, we must move much of physical collections, which is a very labour intensive and costly activity.
Answered by: Anne Pottier (Associate University Librarian, Library Services)