Category Archives: electrical outlets

Power for laptops

We received two recent comments about outlets for laptops.

You wrote:

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.

What is Quiet?

You wrote:

Thank you so much for becoming a 24-hour library! That is simply amazing. Also, thank you for dividing the library into silent and non-silent areas.

Here are my suggestions:

1. Better educate people on what “quiet” study is. Or perhaps suggest a limit as to how high can someone speak. I’ve been to both areas and I’ve found that security passes through the silent area more often than the quiet area. I think students have established that the silent area is really silent hence requiring less supervision. However, the quiet area, in my opinion requires more supervision.

2. Students can contribute in keeping it low through reporting other students if they are making noise, however, I’m not sure if there’s a fast and effective way of doing that, other than going through Concordia’s main security, then being transferred to that of the library (this suggestion is a follow up to the first).

3. Increase extension cables — equally. I do appreciate the extra black cables distributed, but I don’t think that’s enough. Just today, I had to go through the 3rd and 4th floor (in the silent area) to find an electric outlet (that took me around 8 minutes).

Other than that, coming to the library has been a great experience for me. Thank you.

Thank you for expressing your appreciation of the 24-hour access to the Libraries, the new study zones, and your library experience in general!

 Your comment about more supervision in the orange “quiet study” areas is not going unheard. The notion of just what “quiet” study means can be quite subjective, which is why we like to hear from you about these issues. Reaching a common understanding should become easier as the study zones become more entrenched in our library culture.

 You are welcome to come and see a library staff member, or to flag one of us down as we do our rounds, if you feel others are clearly violating the guidelines we have set out and posted for the orange zones.  Another option would be to choose a silent study area when you know you will be requiring a high degree of quiet, especially since the blue zones tend to fill up less quickly than the orange ones.

It’s good to know that you appreciate the extension cords we installed. We are certainly taking note of your suggestion for more. Thanks again for all your comments.

Powerbars at Vanier

You wrote:

I noticed at the Webster library that extension power bars are available in the large study areas, allowing for more access for people with laptops. And yet, Vanier doesn’t have this? It’s frustrating for those of us who spend most of our time at Vanier, and who often have to search more than one floor to find a plug in the right zone, whereas it’s just automatically offered at Webster.

Thank for your comment about this issue. Your suggestion is well-timed:  extension powerbars will be installed on all three floors of the Vanier library by next week.  This should greatly improve the number of electrical outlets available to students with laptops.

Study Zones and Sockets

We have begun to receive feedback about the new Study Zones (and the increased number of sockets for plugging in your laptops) . One person wrote:

I love the new colour coded zones, exactly what the library needed! now lets make sure that it gets enforced!
and i see that you have added power bars to the sockets, AMAZING, hunting for available sockets used to be a huge pain. great stuff!

And, another person wrote:

I wanted to give my warmest thanks to those responsible for the new quiet zones in the library. For the past three years I’ve been frustrated and disturbed with the amount of noise in the library. I anticipate that the quiet zones will be monitored to ensure that there will be a quite area where students can study productively.  Thank you, this initiative is muchly appreciated and is long overdue!

Thanks for your positive feedback! We are very happy that you appreciate this initiative. Library staff will be visiting the study areas regularly to raise awareness of the new silent and quiet zones. Have a good term.

Computers, Scanners, Sockets…

You wrote:

Very frustrated! While a university student need the computer most for study and writing assignment, the library isn’t the most friendly place to go anymore. The workstations (the only group that had the soundcard) on the 3rd floor SGW library 50% were marked out of order. One of the only two scanners was out of order. Most of the electric sockets do not work even if I bring in my own laptop.

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Several of our workstations are in the process of being re-imaged for the coming Fall semester. We hope that this work will soon be complete and that you are no longer inconvenienced. We are sorry that the scanner has been out of order; it should be fixed soon. We are interested to know which electrical sockets do not work. Can you get back in touch with us (via the Suggestion Box is fine) and let us know which floor and approximately where on that floor you found the electrical sockets that don’t work? We can have them looked at by an electrician. Thanks for writing.

More Electrical Outlets

You wrote:

I am only in my second semester at Concordia. It does not take long to notice problems, however. I like to study at school and the appropriate spot has always been the library. I often use my laptop to take notes
and to organize my classes. I think laptops have become effective tools and their popularity is growing. Why is it so impossible to find a power outlet in the library? I strongly suggest getting more power outlets
installed as I know I am not alone in feeling this way.

You certainly aren’t alone. We will soon offer more outlets. There is a plan to install many more electrical outlets along the perimeter of the Webster Library in all the study locations. They should be installed in the near future.