person seated at carrels, tables, or soft seating and not engaged in one of the
other activities, and we discovered that most users fit into this category. Of the
3,245 users counted during the April and May weeks, 2,916 (90%) were
studying, 242 (7%) were using computing resources, 40 (1%) were sleeping,
28 (1%) were walking, and 19 (1%) were browsing the stacks or using the catalog
computers. These numbers suggest that the majority of late-night users come
to Olin for the space itself—not for the physical collections and access to Help
Desk services.
Late-night Circulation Data
Circulation data for the late-night hours further supports the theory that our
users are more interested in using the physical space than in using the
collections and checking out material. A comparison of average checkouts after
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Studying
(90%)
Computers/Printing (7%)
Sleeping (1%)
Walking (1%)
Browsing stacks/Using catalog (1%)
Percents of Users Engaged in Activities
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