The Campus Library & Computer Room – The Most Valuable Campus Resource
hey hum with social and intellectual activity, and are truly the center of learning. It contain the critical resources that make learning possible—books, journals, workstations, printers, etc.—as well as skilled specialists who can help a student navigate through various resources.
The library is often the place students go to get down to deep study, to reflect and process what they learned in class. College libraries provide access to invaluable online resources, from databases to electronic journals to tutorials.
Students who use the library and its resources succeed. In fact, according to a recent study in Libraries and the Academy, “The data suggest that first-year students who used the library at least once in the fall semester had higher grade point averages compared to their peers who did not use the library at all during their first semester. Further, the data suggest that first-year students who used the library at least one time during their first semester had higher retention.”
Here are the five key reasons the library is the most valuable campus resource—and ways students can get the most out of it:
It’s a great meeting place
It’s not all hushed voices and the soft click-clacking of computer keyboards. Students also see the library as a social hub. The communal spaces are good places to meet up with friends or meet new people. Study groups can also meet in these areas , where they can freely discuss an upcoming project or exam. The library is also a great neutral zone, where tutors and tutees can meet up in a public place without too many distractions.
It has the technology students need
Libraries usually have rich technology resources, from computer with high capability. It’s no wonder students see the library as the place to go to access the technology needed for a project via internet.
It’s a productive and inspiring study space
When a student works at home, there are innumerable distractions.However, many students consider the library “a safe harbor from everyday distraction.”