Due to impacts of the internet and digital technology, the role and function of the university libraries are continually changing. University libraries provide comfortable and convenient spaces that are considered as the 'second classroom' for the students. For the College of Science, which gives more focus on experimental light reading, Science Libraries will definitely establish electronic collections, but physical libraries will not be replaced as a result. If Science Libraries are to remain relevant and play a vital role in the higher institutions of education, its design and space planning should take the form science students judge most suitable to meet their requirements. This study adopts the following two research methods: (1) the survey is conducted on the basis of random sampling to investigate the purposes of visits to the Science Libraries by students; (2) the photo-elicitation method is introduced to understand the user experiences and space requirements of the library. This research used photo-elicitation to conduct interviews with undergraduate and graduate students of National Taiwan Normal University and concluded the following: College students will continue to use all the difference services provided by the library, as well as conduct individual studies, group studies and non-library functional group activities. On individual studies, students would hope to have an independent, private, and multifunctional space; group studies would hope to have information technology usage, multifunctional space for group interaction; as for non-library functional social groups, they would look for a safe, comfortable and easy-going socializing environment.
Chih-Hwei Lu, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
Jiann-Cherng Shieh, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
Stream: Librarianship - Management, leadership, planning, operation, and monitoring
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