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Research Commons room availability

Published by Dipa Barua

Q. Is there any way to stop the Thesis Boot Camp madness? It is annoying to me, and to people who need to use the Research Commons, but not the Thesis Boot Camp, which is so terribly managed. Who allows them to kick students out? They keep kicking people out at 17:20 pm when there are only one or two people in the room. For a day or two, it's fine, but it takes three whole days for the thesis boot camp, which is irritating, and outrageous. We all pay a tuition fee to SFU, why are some people allowed to use the Research Commons and some are not? Who gives librarians the power to allow people to step in at exactly 17:30 pm? How dare they only serve those one or two people in the room? Is it only because of reservation? Or are they afraid that we will steal their left-over coffee? If I can study quietly, I would not mind people making noise, but I was just kicked out. They said it was reserved for an event, and this event should be stopped or moved somewhere else. They said there was a rule, and I think this rule should be stopped. This rule gives them too much power. They need to move the Thesis Boot Camp somewhere else, because it is annoying to people, especially now at the end of the fall term. We all pay tuition fees at SFU, why are some people allowed to use the Research Commons, and some are not? This insanity has got to stop.

A. Thank you for taking the time to contact us with your concern about the availability of space for graduate students in the Library.  It is useful to hear that you value the Research Commons’ space and facilities and I understand that you felt inconvenienced and frustrated by the closure.  We are currently undergoing a Master Space Planning process and my hope is that increased space for graduate students will be considered. I will ensure that your feedback is shared with those involved.

There are a number of other spaces in the Library (silent and group spaces) that remain open during our Boot Camp and you’re welcome to take advantage of these in the future. In the W.A.C. Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby): Room 5102 and all of the 6th floor has been designated as a silent study. There are designated quiet study carrells on floor 4 and floor 5. At the Belzberg Library (SFU Vancouver), the quiet study area is located in the north room of the mezzanine. At the Fraser Library (SFU Surrey) there is a "silent study" room.  Ask at the reference desk for directions to the room.

Finally, I do want to point out that Thesis Boot Camp is designed to support graduate students. Details of the program are available here if you would like to participate in the future.

If you have further questions, feel free to contact me.

Nicole White
Head, Research Commons

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