In case you haven't noticed most classes have an online requirement as well as an in-class requirement. There aren't enough outlets on the third floor, or any floor for that matter. When the library is full it's hard to find a seat, let alone a seat near an electrical outlet. Maybe you all can consider putting power strips/power surge protectors at all the outlets because there are more desks than outlets and everyone and their mother brings laptops to study with. Oh and the third floor doesn't have enough tables. Those cubbies are a pain in the butt with laptops, books, coffee, ipods, etc.
From: a concerned undergraduate student
John Duke, Senior Associate University Librarian, responds...
Thank you for your concerns, which we share. We certainly agree that there are not enough electrical outlets in Cabell Library. The library was built before the age of personal computers and laptops. Consequently, the building is seriously under-powered for today’s connected environment. The library is at its maximum capacity for all the electrical demands being placed upon it. When we stress the system too far, the circuit breakers trip and power is lost for whole areas of the building.
The ideal solution would be to bring more power into the building with another electrical circuit. However, this is extraordinarily expensive, costing many tens of thousands of dollars. Our budget and the University’s budget simply cannot afford this expenditure right now. We will probably have to wait until there is an addition to Cabell Library to address the electrical problem completely.
We have tried to locate some of our tables, study carrels, and chairs near electrical outlets to make it more convenient to plug in laptops. Using extension cords and power strips is problematic because of potential power outages. However, we will continue to be alert to where we might make it more convenient to plug in laptops.
Last year we made a major commitment to upgrade the furniture in Cabell Library. Although much progress was made, we did not have enough money to fill all of the needs. As funding becomes available, we will try to purchase additional furniture, but our user space is in serious competition with our constantly growing collections.
We suggest that you look for seating along the outside walls. These areas are often underutilized and many of them have nearby electrical outlets. We also will continue to look into ways we can expand the number of electrical outlets. In the meantime, we ask that you not string your power cords across public walkways. We know this is tempting, but it is dangerous for anyone walking through and potentially harmful to your computer if someone were to trip on the cord.