Ten More Great Ideas and Comments We Heard from You
1. Add the Library to the free GoExplore Cal Poly app! (GPS video tours of Cal Poly)
Give us some time to talk to the creator Making the Library accessible from your mobile devices is one of our highest priorities next year!
2. Make it easier to figure out the location of books in the library!
We are investigating enabling PolyCat, the Library catalog, to show the call number and floor location of the book. Meanwhile we've added 3D maps at our service desks, showing book locations.
3. Keep the research help desk open longer.
We've added skilled assistance from our LibRAT (Library Research Assistance Technicians) — friendly, highly-trained students — till 11 pm Monday through Thursday nights. Help is also available via online chat 24 hours a day.
4. Please, make some printers coin-operated.
Sorry, we do not control the Library printers, these are managed by ITS, not by the Library. You can always get prints made by Cal Poly Print and Copy if they are open.
5. Provide scratch paper and additional hole-punchers and staplers.
Great idea. We'll review what we have in various locations including the 1st and 2nd floors, and near the elevators, and work to keep them stocked.
6. I need a computer that that has a 10-minute limit, with no login, so I can quickly check email, and print a paper.
We are investigating options now. Campus security policies require logins to our computers; but we may be able to find a way to reduce login time on selected machines and also enforce a 10-15 minute limit.
7. I want to study at the Library between 6 and 10 pm but there's nowhere to park without paying for a parking pass.
This is a tough one. Unfortunately, the State requires the universities to charge for parking and the campus decides how to enforce this. But maybe there's a way students could organize a Library shuttle service?
8. Can Julian's stay open later, and also have more food options, plus additional options in the vending machines?
The Cal Poly Corporation owns Julian's and coordinates the vending machines. The SLAC ASI representative and Library Administration are discussing this issue and looking into options that will meet these needs.
9. We need microwaves where we can heat food in the 24-hour room and maybe elsewhere too.
We'll look into possible locations, and how they might be maintained.
10. Can you reduce the number of classes taught in the computer labs?
University Scheduling depends on the Library to provide the only computer lab space on campus not owned by a college department. We try to balance the campus need for instructional spaces equipped with the latest technology, with students' needs for open access to computers. Bottom line: we know your need for access to technology is growing and we'll do our best to expand your access. Meanwhile, we are creating real-time maps of which labs are scheduled, and where there are free computers: that should help.
Want to add your own suggestion?
We want to hear from you, too. Feel free to fill out an online suggestion form or to use one of our suggestion boxes in the library (you can find one at the Circulation Desk near the library entrance.).