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Library Spatial Practices

Lab Contact: Gemma Tombs

Disruptive Media Learning Lab CafeOverview

Research project on how Coventry University’s Lanchester Library learning spaces are used.





Project Timeline:

Start date

October 2014

End date





Associated Faculties, Schools and/or Course(s):

  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities
  • Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing
  • Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
  • Faculty of Business and Law

Research Findings to Date

  • Student preferences for bright, creative, comfortable spaces, although students tended to prioritise use of distinct group working spaces over open spaces.
  • Students at Coventry University took ‘ownership’ over certain spaces, forming habits and adapting practices within a few preferred areas rather than choosing study areas based upon ‘dictated’ educational practices.
  • Thus learning spaces for the twenty-first century need to be adaptable, personable and pragmatic, facilitating technology use across all spaces and allowing students to disrupt educational spaces to suit their own needs


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