We received two recent comments about outlets for laptops.
The power outlets scattered around the library are a major problem. First of all the number of these outlets is too few. Secondly, there are numerous systems that could be used to provide power outlets for every or at least every two study stations. Right now there are plenty of free spots around the library but people only use the stations that are near the power outlets. This lack of power outlets not only makes the seats near them too noisy and crowded but also makes it almost impossible to find a seating spot near them.
At the library, I usually bring my own laptop as I enjoy writing papers here rather than in my noisy home. However, I usually have to stump my
“writing-flow” as my computer slowly runs out of battery (usually lasts three hours). The stations with outlets are always full (night and day). It would be wonderful to have at least one outlet for every four stations.
Thank you for your suggestions. Last year over one hundred 7-outlet power bars were added to all floors of the Webster and Vanier libraries in order to significantly increase the number of outlets available to students with laptops. It looks like there is still a need for more in certain areas of Webster however. We are planning on adding electrical outlets during this academic year and will keep you posted on the progress of these plans.
And a bit of related good news: We have just renovated our library classroom LB 211. When it is not booked for classes the room will offer seating and laptops for up to 30 students. This semester it should be available for general student use as of Novermber 30.