Space Use Study, 2014-15

About the Study

In the Fall 2014, Winter 2015, and Fall 2015 semesters, the library conducted a study of space use in the Abbotsford and Chilliwack libraries. The study had two primary purposes:

  1. To measure space use by type of seating in advance of anticipated renovations in the Abbotsford library; and
  2. To measure changes in library occupancy following the opening of the Student Union Building, which would increase the availability of group spaces on the Abbotsford campus.

The Chilliwack library participated as well, and has used the data to plan for renovations.

Key Findings

Some of the key findings from the study are:

  • Library computers on both the Abbotsford and Chilliwack campuses are heavily used.
  • Library users on each campus value different kinds of spaces more; on the Abbotsford campus, users prefer group study spaces, while on the Chilliwack campus, individual study carrels have a slight edge over group study tables.
  • Group study rooms are heavily used on both campuses.
  • Saturdays have the lowest overall use in both campus libraries.
  • While overall use of the Abbotsford library spaces did drop following the opening of the Student Union Building, it's not clear that this is the result of the availability of additional seating in the SUB or whether it's the result of other factors.

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