Update on low-sensory study space in the Murray Library

Furniture for this space has been selected by students

The University Library recognizes that sometimes the activity and noise levels on campus can be too much to handle, especially when students are studying for exams or focusing on finishing a project. With that in mind, we are working towards creating a new low-sensory study space at the Murray Library. The goal is a space that is comfortable and appealing while also minimizing distractions and sensory inputs. 

Choosing the right furniture is an important component of this project, and it was essential to have students directly involved in the process. So last spring, we decided to demo some furniture in the Murray Library and asked students to choose which furniture they felt best supported their low-sensory study needs. More than 120 students participated and shared their feedback through an online survey. Ultimately, this feedback was the deciding factor in selecting the right furniture for the space. 

Based on the student feedback, this is the furniture that received the highest approval ratings:

Lounge chairLounge chair
Lounge study/work chair
Lounge study/work chair

Lounge study/work chair
Lounge study/work chair

Study carrel Study carrel

Study carrel
Study carrel

Now that the furniture has been selected, we are in the process of finalizing the room layout. Renovations will begin in the spring of 2024. Keep an eye out for updates!