Expanding Seating and Supporting Creativity

Student in a music studio using a MIDI controller and laptopAlmost all UCLA undergraduates report using library spaces and believing physical library facilities are important to their success, according to a recent survey. While online access from classrooms, dorm rooms, and laboratories is widely used, demand for library spaces for collaborative work, creativity, and quiet study remains strong.

“The libraries are well-loved and highly used by UCLA’s students, faculty, and staff,” said Judy Consales, associate university librarian for user engagement. “Supporting that level of use requires constant improvement, some of which is funded by contributions from UCLA Library donors.”

The fall quarter brings enhancements to two of eight libraries. The Music Library is debuting Studio A, a fully equipped recording booth that can be reserved online. Though not the only recording studio on campus, Studio A is the only one open to all UCLA students. In addition to offering an outlet for creative expression, the studio will enable students interested in entering music or performance programs to practice and explore.

“Students view the Library as a vital place for creative and intellectual exploration on campus, so we’ve received many requests for this type of facility,” explained Matthew Vest, music librarian. “We expect the studio to be used by a wide range of students, from budding performers to perhaps science undergrads looking to take class presentations to the next level.”

With UCLA’s expanding enrollment, keeping up with the need for more space for undergraduates, graduate students, and professional school students is a campus-wide priority. Students want both collaborative and individual work space, and they need plenty of power for laptops and phones.

After opening up more space for the popular Night Powell twenty-four-hour study space last year, this year the Library has added more seating in a variety of configurations to the Charles E. Young Research Library, widely used by students and faculty alike.

Additional seating with integrated tables and power outlets (pictured top left) has been installed in first floor areas adjacent to the reading room and research commons. In the garden commons on the lower level, new seating arrangements (pictured bottom left) offer power outlets and more privacy to enhance focus and concentration. Seating on this floor is in close proximity to drop-in research consultations.

The Library supports the needs of more than 40,000 students and four thousand faculty across campus, evolving as needed to meet changing needs for research, collaboration, and study facilities, technology, and services.