Founders Memorial Library has begun to circulate netbooks for student and faculty use.
The six netbooks, which can be checked out at the library circulation desk, are available for in-library use and will circulate for two-hour periods. Depending on demand, users may renew the computers for an additional two hours.
The purpose of the netbooks is not merely to give access to mobile computing for those students who do not own their own laptops but also to aid in group study.
“The goal of the NIU Libraries is to accommodate varied styles of learning and research, and we facilitate this by offering the latest in technology,” said Patrick Dawson, dean of the University Libraries. “Offering netbooks for student use is just one way we’re doing that.”
Library staff also have promoted group study by rearranging several areas throughout the building and adding more large tables and additional seating.
These accommodations are part of an attempt to meet the changing needs of library student-users who expect libraries to possess certain modern amenities, including online content, varied technologies and shared study spaces.
“Nevertheless, there are still the patrons looking for a quiet area for individual study,” Dawson said, “and the library has designated a quiet study area on the second floor.”
Students also may reserve one of the many quiet study rooms on the second, third and fourth floors on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information on the netbooks or reserving a room for study, e-mail Lib-Admin@niu.edu.