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This space assessment study was conducted in the Ida Jane Dacus Library at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, from February 1 to May 1, 2015. For this study two methods were employed to collect data. Beginning on January 28, and occurring at least twice every weekday, library floor plans were utilized to record not only the number of students but also where in the library they were working/studying. Concurrently, a short survey was created using the Qualtrics program, the purpose of which was to ascertain the factors (e.g. privacy, access to an outlet, etc…) determining where students chose to work and study in the library. During May 2015, these results were recorded into Excel spreadsheets to then be analyzed and studied. Details from this analysis are discussed in this article. Whereas there were no major surprises, the results did provide a number of useful recommendations.

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