Answered By: Sharon Nangle
Last Updated: Aug 25, 2015     Views: 521

Thank you for completing a "You said, We did" card recently asking if the library could do something to prevent people leaving their belongings on a desk, effectively "reserving" a study space.  

We can understand your frustration with this problem, and it's one shared by others.  The Library would prefer that people didn't leave their belongings in the Library for long periods of time, as you have identified, this denies that study space to another person, and is effectively a wasted study space.  It also leaves the persons' belongings vulnerable to theft, and whilst we work hard to ensure the Library isn't a target for opportunist theft, we do get reports of thefts in the Library from time to time.

We've asked Library users about the issue of "seat hogging", and the feedback we've received shows that there's a fairly even split between those who would like desks to be cleared of unattended belongings, and those who feel that desks should be available on a first-come basis, and that Library staff should not remove unattended belongings.  We continue to look into this issue, and would welcome suggestions of practical steps which we could take to improve the situation.

Thank you for your adding your voice to this debate.


Sharon Nangle

Academic Liaison Librarian

April 2015

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