Rate Library Annex I

January 28th, 2009

If you’ve used Annex 1,  let us know what you think. What can we do to make it a better place to study, use a computer or get assistance with your research? Leave your comments below.


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  • 1. tracy  |  January 29th, 2009 at 7:42 am

    i like the space and the computer setup. its too far from the rest of campus and very inconvenient to get to.

  • 2. Len  |  January 29th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    There really needs to be some sort of food service or machines near here. It is too far away from the campus.

    Also, the shuttle needs to be more frequent.

  • 3. Ron  |  January 29th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I agree with others that its far from the main campus (since it is still technically on campus). At the same time I can’t see where else they could have put it. It definitely would be nice to have the shuttle come more often. Or even have one dedicated just to going to and from the Annex.

    Love the amount of computers and study space. And its nice that you can bring food into the study area. Can part of it be sectioned off for group study?

  • 4. Johny  |  January 30th, 2009 at 12:12 am

    It is in an inconvenient spot to get to but like Ron said, there really isn’t any other places for it. Behind Thorton and Hensell hall maybe? A dedicated shuttle going to it would be great.

    I really like the study annex. I love the amount of space, and all of the computers that are available. A shop or stand next to it that sold coffee and food would be great.

  • 5. Greg  |  January 31st, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    This is a nice computer lab and great study space.
    It was quite difficult to find the first time though as there are no signs along the way directing students to the Annex. It would also be a good idea to have more direct designated walkways to and from the main part of campus as I have found my self walking down the side of a hill and through muddy paths to get here.

  • 6. Terra  |  February 1st, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    All my classes are in HSS or SCI. The Annex is really inconvenient to get to, especially for people with bad joints. Could you at least move the research assistant staff and the periodicals more toward the center of campus? Or even have a research assistant with a computer set up a desk in HSS for casual help?

    Research Assistance is available in HSS 107, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. You can also get research assistance via Instant Messaging during the following hours:

    Mon-Thurs: 8AM – 10PM
    Friday: 8AM – 5PM
    Sat/Sun: 11AM – 6PM

    More information about Getting Research Assistance.

  • 7. AJ  |  February 3rd, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Great computer lab, plenty of space and good temp control. The 3 hole punch is the only one on campus. Distance from main campus not an issue, many schools are much bigger/ more spread out than sfsu.

  • 8. Larry  |  February 4th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    This place could use more power outlets for those of us with laptops. As it is, only those tables near the walls, and a few lucky ones scattered about the center, have them.

    Agree with Poster #5 (Greg)– this place is not easy to find, as there doesn’t seem to be a designated “trail” to get here from the main campus. You either cut through the parking lots or back around the soccer field.

    Also, are there any plans to move the library books to a new location for browsing? Ordering via investigator and then waiting 24 hours (for the next three years) is ridiculous– how about putting up another tent, this time stacked with the books? I know space is tight here but this one’s important. Break up the stacks if you have to, spread them around campus if need be.

    We will be putting power strips on all of the tables near power outlets sometime next week to made it easier for you to plug your devices in. We will also pass on the comment about creating a well marked path to the Annex from the center of campus.

    There are no plans to move the books, not only is there no room on campus, but moving the books would be very expensive. So for the next few years you won’t be able to physically browse the collection. However, we are exploring ways to improve virtual browsing of the collection. To that end, we’d like to hear from students about what they would like to see in a virtual book browsing tool. There should be a post on this subject, with examples of how other places are doing this, soon. In the meantime, you can leave your comments here.

  • 9. Steve  |  February 7th, 2009 at 11:56 am

    I’ve gotten used to walking to the annex and no longer think it’s far. Personally I think it’s better and cleaner than the older library. There is plenty of computers and I like the simplicity of it all. The ID checks are good because it ensures that students can feel safe in the night. Now what is missing is a food service like a hot dog stand. Regarding to the library I think a magazine and newspaper section would be beneficial.

    Thank you for your comments. The University is investigating whether a small food service vendor near Library Annex I is feasible. Hopefully they will have an answer soon.

  • 10. Lindsay  |  February 9th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Its waaay too far from campus. The shuttle has to be arranged to help out the commuter -study-til-late students and please provide a vending machine! study snacks and sugar = happier students.

  • 11. Tj  |  February 10th, 2009 at 11:34 am

    There is such a thing as exercise. Seriously, what’s bad about walking?I can see how people with disabilities might have trouble getting to the bubble, but in reality, like AJ said, other campuses are way bigger and require (gasp) even more walking.

  • 12. David  |  February 13th, 2009 at 9:51 am

    The annex is especially far for all us business majors, I think there are quite a few of us too.

  • 13. Mitch  |  February 14th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    How about a flag on top of the Annex so that people can see it from campus. When people ask where is the library annex, you can just point to the flag and say, follow the path to the parking lot and then go towards the flag. Maybe have a symbol of a book on the flag?

  • 14. Le Duong  |  February 16th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    its wayyyy too far from campus and there needs to be a vending machine there that provides snacks, water, and redbull

  • 15. Shondra  |  February 21st, 2009 at 8:11 am

    The Annex is convenient for those students who live on campus or have classes in the back of the school. I commute and most of my classes are in the front of the school and it is too far to walk. I have actually talked about this with my peers and most of them won’t go back there because either they don’t know where it is or feel its too far to walk. I normally go through the parking lot which is unsafe but I don’t know of any other routes besides walking through student housing and then crossing the street to get there which takes longer. Im concerned about students who work during the day and study at night. How would they get to the Annex and feel safe if their on public transportation and don’t have a car to park near the Annex?

  • 16. Shirley  |  February 22nd, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    I agree with all the posts… the Annex is really too far away from the main campus… I walked there around 5pm one time and it was DARK

    I didn’t know that there’s a shuttle to the library. Where is it at?

  • 17. Simon  |  February 22nd, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    I honestly like the spacious environment whereas the J. Leonard library seem crowded most of the time. I got lost the first attempt as I thought the place was use to store vehicles whatsoever. As most stated, the annex library is a bit too far.

  • 18. steve  |  February 23rd, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    sucks…too far

  • 19. Justin  |  February 26th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    I like all the open space but I just wish it was closer to campus, had more available parking, and had vending machines.

  • 20. L. Ellis  |  March 1st, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    So far, as a faculty member, it has been very convenient to order books and pick them up!

  • 21. rommelbrad  |  March 1st, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Not a good place to study. There is a persistent cacophony of distracting noise. From the constant slamming of the bathroom doors to the chatter of students talking on the phone not to mention the group discussions that are held there, one might mistake this ‘library’ as a high school cafeteria. The library staff is indifferent to the prevalent noise so I don’t study there anymore.

  • 22. John  |  March 2nd, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    The study area is not quiet, people talk there and it makes it impossible to study, I’m not able to concentrate even with my free earplugs in(which are uncomfortable). I’ve talked to other people and they say the same thing. The study area needs to be quiet and there needs to benches and places to socialize outside. The light in the northeast corner of the library needs to be fixed. There needs to be quiet signs put up that were in the library before it was closed.

  • 23. Len  |  March 3rd, 2009 at 11:28 am

    It rained yesterday. And the day before. Waiting for the shuttle for 30 minutes in the pouring rain can be unhealthy. Walking in the rain with 20+ mph winds against you can be difficult, if not unhealthy. I suggest that when the weather is bad, there is automatically an increase in the number of riders. Would (you?) at least increase the frequencies of the shuttles during times of bad weather?

    Also, the signage about getting a permit for lot 19, just outside the Annex, is not good. People are not reading the sign and are putting the night permit in their car thinking it is a day pass. We get many people asking about parking outside and we generally suggest they use the first 3 floors of the parking structure. Maybe a sign like “Evening permits from machine not valid from 7am-6 pm?”

    Thank you

  • 24. Len  |  March 3rd, 2009 at 11:44 am

    One more thing, how can you have machines that require single dollar bills for copy cards, but not make it possible for us to get change to purchase them? We need some kind of change machine as well. What are students who are up at 2 a.m. working on a paper to do when their card runs out of money then don’t have change to add to it to finish printing?

  • 25. Michael  |  March 10th, 2009 at 11:45 am

    the annex owns.

  • 26. Brian  |  March 12th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    The annex is way too far. My grades are actually slipping this semester because I can’t find a comfortable place to study for longs periods of time, and I am not willing to walk all the way over to the annex because I have to take the M home on 19th Ave, and when it is cold at night it just takes too long. The humanities building needs to keep their computer labs open longer and create more space for people study。 Those windows rooms are not enough and are way to crowded, + people don’t see that space as a quiet space so it is always noisy. Also the MACS need to have better language support. Typing Chinese on a default MAC software is ridiculous.

  • 27. William  |  March 20th, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I love the big open space, people can get noisy with their cell phones at times, but I have gotten use to it.

    Compared to the Main Library, this one beats it by its simplicity.

    About walking to and from the Annex, I walked up and down the stairs in the Main Library, in order to find a open table where I could sit comfortably for hours, so please stop complaining about the walk. The open space in this library allows me to go hungry and the sound of my stomach growling wont bother anyone because of the noise that vibrates off the pillow walls.

    Improvements you guys can do is have shuttles more frequently, have maybe a lighted path for the late night students for a sense of security.

  • 28. Elena McCrary  |  March 21st, 2009 at 10:25 am

    I took a site tour of the campus, and ended here in the annex. The multi-use space is awesome. However, the lighting is actually disruptive over the MAC lab. It is too bright, or the wrong type of bulbs are used because I get a constant glare.

    But, overall the space is very user friendly.

    Thank you SFSU:)

    book lady

  • 29. Estella  |  March 21st, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Spacious but location is inconvenient and situated in an area where dangerous things can happen…especially at NIGHT! Also vending machines would be beneficial for everybody. To be honest, I hate studying at the annex because the location is inconvenient, parking is ridiculous, the study space is noisy and although there is security up front…shady shit still happens. Please address these issues. Thanks in advance!

  • 30. Pardis Esmaeili  |  March 29th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    I studied in the library annex once and probably wont make the treck over there again. The distance is not so much an issue for me. I would be more than willing to take the extra walk if I knew I was walking to an actual library with library atmosphere. It feels more like what someone said above: a cafeteria. People seem to think since there are no quiet signs, that it’s ok to talk. It was impossible for me to concentrate, the free earplugs didnt work, and the library staff were understanding but not at all helpful in quieting the crowd down. There needs to be some sort of regulation on the noise like a normal library. Otherwise it seems pointless to me. I wont be going back until this changes and I hope it does, as a lack of a library is one more service that I seem to be losing from my so-called educational institution while my fees continue to go up. This is really frustrating and demoralizing. I feel like I’m being frauded, paying more for less than I was guaranteed when I chose to attend SFSU.

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