For the two weeks following spring break in March 2018, Plough Library asked student users about the various ways that they utilize the library building and its physical resources. Eight questions addressed such aspects as:
Each question offered several options for answers. Respondents could choose however many answers applied to their practices.
Two additional questions solicited open answers:
Surveys were distributed in paper form throughout the library, as well as placed online—and pushed to the mailing lists by CBU's office of Communications & Marketing. Responses totaled 297 with 200 responses made using the paper form and 97 online.
Answers told us that the typical library user comes to the library alone on a daily basis to study for 1-2 hours on a weekday afternoon. The most common thing that interferes with their ability to use the library is noise. If they could improve the library, most users would do something about the furniture and the lack of private rooms.