New study areas now available in Humanities
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Four “study pods” have been installed in the Humanities building to make more quiet space available for students looking to get away from the library construction project.

The study pods are closed off by windows on each floor with a view of Cafe Rosso and the Fine Arts building.

The glass enclosure keeps out most of the noise from the lobby area and hallways to maintain a quiet study space for those who need it.

The alcoves are now furnished and have about 20 seats per pod, according to the Department of Campus Asset and Space Administration.

“We will be moving existing furniture from the library, including couches,” said Zelinda Zingaro, director of Campus Asset and Space Administration.

Other features include electrical outlets for computers and wireless internet access.

The four pods are located on the second through fifth floors of the Humanities building and are open to all students.

Since the 1990s, it has been the university’s intent to install the Humanities building study pods, said Zingaro. The motivation came when construction on the library began and a demand for more study areas was high.

“I am delighted they are finally being finished,” Zingaro said.

Even before the furniture was installed this week, students were using the pods to sit or lie on the floor and study.

Kim Ryan, 25, says she used the empty rooms because they are close to her classes. “But I would come a lot more if there was furniture,” Ryan said.

Ryan Buenning, 36, prefers the pods without seating, in fear that it might attract too much socializing. “If they had couches, people would come in here and talk,” Beunning said.

“There are no quiet places here,” Buenning said. “There are only big communal tables in the library with lots of people and noise.”

The Office of Capital Planning, Design & Construction commissioned the study alcoves in the Humanities building in addition to more study spaces throughout campus that have been created to accommodate the library construction.

Humanities is the only building at SF State that was designed for the study pods, but Zingaro is asking students to make any suggestions for space on campus that can be utilized for studying.

“The library’s Web site will be posting classroom schedules,” Zingaro said. “[This will allow] students to access classrooms while they are not being used for lectures.”

The Department of Campus Asset and Space Administration has also made study space and computer access available in Library Annex I, a new temporary building near the Lot 20 parking garage.

In addition, Zingaro said Rigoburta Menchu in the Cesar Chavez Student Center is getting wireless Internet access installed to attract more students with laptops.

For more information on places to study at SF State, go to the services page of the library Web site at http://www.library.sfsu.edu/services/index.html#study.

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PHOTO
Eric Lawson | staff photographer
Students gather to study in the recently opened pod on the third floor of the Humanities building to avoid the distractions of the library renovations.

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