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Feedback Friday: Change is good.

If you could change one thing about Falvey Library, what would you change? Over the years we’ve added a coffee shop, started a laptop loan program, and opened a 24-hour lounge. What else can we do to improve the library?

Tell us in the Comments!

(“There is nothing like looking if you want to find something.” — J. R. R. Tolkien)



  1. Comment by Marquesa Jen — June 11, 2009 @ 11:37 PM

    More manga/graphic novels, because they are enjoyable and the pleasure principle is lost to many people. Professor Spearing spoke alot about the pleasure principle in reading when he spoke at Nova in the Spring and I think he made a good point. We read so much for academic purposes that we become critical. Reading for fun is very educational. Graphic novels are perfect for the busy student-they’re short, entertaining and stimulating.

  2. Comment by Kelly — June 12, 2009 @ 7:57 AM

    A printer in the 24-hour lounge!

  3. Comment by Erik Sheets — June 12, 2009 @ 8:46 AM

    The library must get new study desks, and fast. I hate seeing all the scribbles on those 2-4 floor desks: it completely goes against what Villanova stands for, and this is putting it nicely. Come on Villanova, we are better than that.

  4. Comment by Laura H. — June 12, 2009 @ 9:49 AM

    Thanks for the comment, Jen. We should be adding some more graphic novels this coming year.

    I’d like to see a small collection of Zines, too. Check out the Barnard College library website to see what they’ve done with zines:

  5. Comment by Alan D — June 12, 2009 @ 10:37 AM

    I would have to say that someone should have a conversation with facilities management about fixing the air conditioning and/or heating in the building. It seems like it is never a comfortable temperature and people avoid the library because of it.

  6. Comment by allie — June 12, 2009 @ 12:15 PM

    Amen to #5!

  7. Comment by Rebecca — June 12, 2009 @ 1:21 PM

    Upgraded bathroom facilities would greatly enhance the “user-friendliness” 🙂 of the library. As far as I can tell, there is only one restroom on the main floor, the one-toilet stall in the coffee area. As a result, there is often a line and the restroom is not very clean. It is inconvenient to go up to another floor to use the restroom, and those facilities could use some updating.

  8. Comment by Nick — June 12, 2009 @ 1:46 PM

    I would like to second Alan’s comment. The extreme temperatures that the library experiences are unacceptable for the students as well as the books. This problem is not merely a discomforting annoyance, but harmful. Harmful to the work of students who can’t study because it’s to hot to concentrate. And harmful to the books, especially those from the Vatican, which more than us, are damaged by the fluctuating temperatures.

  9. Comment by Anna — June 12, 2009 @ 2:56 PM

    Comment 3 and 5 are right on. Having come from a previous university, the conditions at Falvey are not conducive to productivity. Chairs/desks are not comfortable, and it is far too warm most days. From a student perspective, Falvey is not very “welcoming”.

  10. Comment by Britt — June 12, 2009 @ 8:26 PM

    The temperature thing is a must.

    another thing, there should be a bigger area to study and the desk really need an update…
    the bathrooms need an updating…
    pretty much everything needs and updating! haha

    They need to have later hours, not just during finals. many people have tests other times of the semester and getting kicked out at 12 is disruptive for a while.

    The holy grounds needs to start accepting meals and not just points. many people get a bunch of stuff to take with them so they can study and use that as their meal for that time period.

  11. Comment by Carolyn — June 15, 2009 @ 10:07 AM

    It would be great if the the holy grounds accepted points!!

    A printer in the 24 hour lounge would be awesome.

    The bathroom on the first floor is always pretty gross, so I would definitely do something to keep that cleaner.

    And of course, the temperature thing…

  12. Comment by Michelle — June 15, 2009 @ 10:46 AM

    I definitely agree with the things mentioned above – the horrendous smelling bathrooms which never have soap, the off temperature in the library, and the early hours which the library closes. I like the suggestion that holy grounds should start accepting meals and not just points. Some people spend their whole day there and maybe they could start carrying sandwiches since they have a refrigerator. The big thing though, is that library should be open longer than 12. We are college students and just because they day is over doesn’t mean our work for the day suddenly disappears. It’s hard to finish papers or study for exams when you have to stay in the noisy/crowded 24 lounge or move from one academic building to another after you get kicked out of them by public safety. Where are we supposed to study in peace?

  13. Comment by Cristina — June 15, 2009 @ 10:47 AM

    I concur with the above statements and requests.

    Please Change the following:

    1. Temperature- too hot on most days. We need more fans on the floors and especially in the study rooms.

    2. Holy Grounds- Please accept meals.

    3. Restrooms- On countless occasions, the ladies room lacked soap and toliet paper…

  14. Comment by Emma — June 15, 2009 @ 9:39 PM

    Comment 5 is so true. The temperature in the library is usually pretty brutal. I try to avoid the library as much as possible because of it, or i literally try to bring a change of clothes, which is really inconvenient since i don’t live on main campus.

  15. Comment by ali — June 15, 2009 @ 9:43 PM

    Please put an ice machine in the holy grounds so they can serve iced coffee and iced lattes when it gets hot out! The holy grounds in CEER needs one too.

  16. Comment by Marquesa Jen — June 17, 2009 @ 9:05 AM

    Oh, also the turnstiles. They are awful. It takes several tries to get the things to accept your card, they hold up the line of traffic, especially if there are people trying to get out or a large tour group is coming through. The entrance is too narrow for turnstiles to be practical. The turn around time is too long as well, meaning you need to wait for a bit after someone has just gone through to slide your card, but this seems to vary.

    At Rosemont they use their cards to get into the dorms, but they simply have to flash their card at the gadget next to the door and the door will open. Think of the Paypass at gas stations.

  17. Comment by Charles — June 22, 2009 @ 9:36 AM

    I would like the entire library to be open 24 hours.

  18. Comment by lcywinsk — June 24, 2009 @ 9:34 AM

    The library has forwarded your comments about the condition of the library facility and Holy Grounds to the appropriate offices on campus and hopes that improvements will be forthcoming. The comments about a printer in the lounge, 24-hour library availability, and turnstiles have been added to our “to do” list. Also, an HVAC study is currently underway.
    We’ll keep you posted on our progress!

  19. Comment by Michael Russell — June 26, 2009 @ 7:32 AM

    When searching for a peer-reviewed journal article it would be great to have one “portal” – all the different options can be a pain, e.g., I just now wanted to get the most recent issue of Biological Bulletin – search the E-journals and . . .
    The Biological Bulletin [0006-3185]
    Via Gale Cengage Academic OneFile: Full Text
    Available from 1994.
    Most recent 1 year(s) not available.

    Via Highwire Press Free: Full Text
    Available from 1897 volume: 1 issue: 1.
    Most recent 1 year(s) not available.

    etc. (3 more ‘options’)

    I just want to get a copy of a paper – I don’t care how or where it comes .

    I realize the library is constrained by the systems available to them but as an end-user it can be a bit frustrating (particularly “Most recent 1 year(s) not available”)

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