After a $55 million renovation, the University of Michigan reopened its Taubman Health Sciences Library in August of 2015. The library relocated its 518,942-volume collection to an off-campus location.
No longer populated by shelves upon shelves of books, the Taubman Health Sciences Library now hosts wide spaces for gathering, meeting, and collaborating.
This trend of bookless libraries is relatively new, but even traditional shelved libraries are turning to digital solutions to digitize their print collections.
Sort'a like what the CDSC does here at WSU.
Curious about whether students here at WSU would be receptive to the idea of a bookless library, I took to Terrell Mall as well as a few other locations around campus to ask students about their library use. I conducted an informal survey of about 25 students. I asked them the four following questions:
1. Do you use the Holland/Terrell Library's spaces?
2. Have you ever gone through the bookshelves to find a book yourself?
3. Within the past three months, have you checked out at least one physical book or reference item?
4. Within the past three months, have you used an ebook or digital textbook?
The results of my survey tallied up:
These results didn't come as much of a surprise to me, since the majority responses closely matched my own library use as a student.
I frequent Holland Terrell Library very often when I need a workspace that's free of distractions. Even though I never need to consult a librarian or find a book, being in a library setting helps me psych myself up to be productive and focused.
Not once in my two years here at WSU have I ever been bothered to venture into the library stacks (except to take this photo, aha). SearchIt is where it's at for me. I do all my research with the help of digital texts and journal articles. A lot of my friends and classmates do the same.