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Fall 2007

BAPST 24/5 STUDY A SUCCESS
According to Student Survey

Students studying overnightLast Spring over 800 students responded to a survey regarding the 24 hour study space in the Bapst Library.  Although the survey was intended to gauge the usage of a particular Library, many interesting facts emerged regarding the study habits of graduate and undergraduate students at Boston College.

More than half the students responding to the survey indicated that they had taken advantage of the extended hours in Gargan Hall - 24 hour study that became available by strong student initiative in October 2006. Over 17 % reported studying in Gargan Hall more than once a week and 55% had tried Gargan Hall just once.  Off campus undergrads use the space almost as much as on campus undergraduates.  In fact studying in one of the Libraries was reported as the preferred study venue, followed by resident hall rooms.  The survey revealed that very few students preferred to use a café or dining hall for studying, but the availability of drinks/coffee and food/snacks was the second and third most important service/amenity for effective study.  The most important service/amenity was internet access and a power source for laptops.   

About a quarter of the students surveyed were unaware of the 24 hour study in Bapst. However, those that did study in Gargan Hall, cited the main reasons for being there as the quiet atmosphere and the ability to eat snacks.  Students commented that Gargan Hall is the best place to find quiet late at night. Others said that the study lounges can be cramped and loud, so Bapst has been great to go to.  The majority of students polled said that Bapst really serves a great need at BC.

Adeane BregmanAdeane Bregman, Head Librarian, Bapst Art Library