Lakelin Conrad, a junior neuroscience major, makes a 15-minute walk from his off-campus house to use the landing zone in the library. He said going somewhere to study rather than staying in his room helps him get more studying done and perform better in his classes. Pictured left: Lakelin Conrad studies in a landing zone. (Haeven Gibbons/Staff Photographer)
“I like to come to the library to do work because I can associate it with being productive,” Conrad said. "At home, I don’t know when my roommate will come in and want to hang out.”
In general, there are less people out on campus, which results in fewer people using the zones. Hull said another factor in the low zone attendance could be the weather. As it cools down people will be looking for spaces to study inside, she said.
Despite the low use of the library landing zone, many students have asked library reference desk staff where they can Zoom for a class or find a quiet place to study.
“Every time I am on the desk in person I have someone walk up to me and ask where they can take their online class,” Assessment Librarian Boglarka Huddleston said. “Most people do not use the phrase ‘landing zone’ nor are they familiar with it, but I always direct them to 1208 and give them the other locations.”