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October 15, 2015 / carlispina

Find Your Perfect Study Space With Spacefinder

Spacefinder LogoCambridge University of Library at the University of Cambridge recently launched an exciting new tool to help students find their ideal study space. Called Spacefinder, this tool maps a wide range of study space on campus, including both libraries and other options, and allows users to sort them based on their studying preferences.

The tool, which is based on research that the library conducted on the study habits of their students, is built on Google Maps and is completely responsive, making it mobile friendly. It allows users to search for their preferred space or by a keyword that appears in the descriptions of spaces or to limit their results using the facets on the left. These facets include all sorts of features of ideal study spaces, such as whether you want to work alone or with others, your desired atmosphere and noise levels, and what amenities you prefer. Clicking on multiple features will return only locations that meet all of your needs.

Spacefinder Screenshot

Once you have found a location you are interested in, you can click on the corresponding mark on the map to see a very brief description of the location and icons that reflect the amenities offered in the location. Clicking the more information link will take you to a larger description with pictures, opening hours, links, and more for the location.

Spacefinder makes it easy to find a great place to study on campus and responds to needs that Cambridge University Library identified through its user research. It is a great tool that makes sense for almost any campus. I am really impressed with it so far and excited to learn more about student response to it. I really hope that the library will post more information once they gather it!

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