(NOVEMBER 27, 2023)
Just in time for finals, UTSA Libraries opened 12 new study rooms on the 4th floor of the John Peace Library. The study rooms each come equipped with a 50” monitor and whiteboards to assist with group study. A limited supply of HDMI cables to allow students to connect their laptops to the monitors can be checked out at the library’s 2nd-floor front desk.
Due to UTSA’s ever-increasing student body, the UTSA Libraries and Museums administration was committed to converting unused staff space for student use due to the new hybrid work model. This fall, UTSA welcomed nearly 6,000 first-year students, a 3% increase over fall 2022, and can now boast of a student enrollment of almost 35,000 undergraduate and graduate students, a 1.5% increase over last fall’s total enrollment. These new study rooms were created from what used to be a suite of offices for the library’s Systems department.
“We continually seek ways to support the ever-evolving needs of our students,” said Cheri Bratton, UTSA Libraries Administrative Services Officer. “Returning areas once designated for staff to the student body reflects our dedication to creating new and more spaces that actively promote and nurture student success."
With the addition of the new study rooms, there are now some 40 study rooms at JPL alone that students may reserve for individual studying or group collaboration.
- 25 Large Group study rooms for groups of 6 or more
- 4 Small Group study rooms for groups of 4 or less
- 14 Individual study rooms for 1-2 students
"It is important to have these new study rooms because they provide a space that cultivates collaborative learning with peers and a reduction of stress with the comfortable seating and quiet atmosphere," said Hillary Jean-Baptiste, UTSA Senior Business Management major.
Study rooms may be reserved on the library’s website or using the QR code printed on the signs affixed to each room door.