Preference Study Environment of Group Study Room in University Library (A Case Study at Tishk International University Library)

Authors: Shaaban Mustafa Shukur1 & Hafedh Yahya 2
1Architecture Department, Faculty of Engineering, Tishk International University, Erbil, Iraq
1Department of Architecture, Collage of Engineering, University of Mosul, Mosul, Iraq
2Architecture Department, Faculty of Engineering, Tishk International University, Erbil, Iraq

Abstract: This paper made an investigation at TIU library to indicate to where the group study rooms at the library provide a preference study environment for students, to identify students’ satisfaction with current group study rooms situation and their preference for better group study rooms, and to identify factors in preference study environment in terms of size of rooms and furniture. The methodology was descriptive field survey, a questionnaire survey consisted of 20 students enrolled in the TIU to assess their satisfaction with current group study room, and a face to face interview with librarians to identify essential factors in preference study environment. Outcomes of this study provided suggestions in improving group study rooms at TIU library. The results showed that current size and number of group study rooms were not sufficient and students were using other spaces outside library for collaborative activities. The results also showed that although the group study rooms were crowded always, the students generally were not satisfied with current interior environment of group study rooms and they gave priority to number of rooms they liked most to see improved. Interview results showed that despite the reality that students’ desire for collaborative activities is growing continually, current numbers of group study rooms are not sufficient, current old furniture and small size of rooms are not providing a preference study environment for students at TIU library.

Keywords: Academic Library, Group Study Room, Preference Study Environment, Students’ Satisfaction, Furniture, Collaboration

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Doi: 10.23918/eajse.v9i1p237

Published: January 22, 2023

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