Students voted Milner Library as the best place to study in the Best of Bloomington-Normal 2012 survey. The Bone Student Center Atrium followed in second place and the State Farm Hall of Business Atrium followed in third.
The BSC Atrium is conveniently located on the second floor and fits 67 people comfortably, Barb Dallinger, associate director of the Bone Student Center, said. Milner Library has 1,520 seats, including comfortable chairs, bean bags, chairs to help students sit up and stay awake, chairs with tables, and chairs that hold computers, Toni Tucker, assistant dean for enabling infrastructure in Milner Library, said.
“Many students have commented that they like the different types of space in the library to study; there are quiet floors, group study areas, [and] places to create a podcast or video and watch DVDs and other types of media,” Tucker added. “The library is also a social space where you can meet your friends, study together, [and] see who else is at the library.”
Aside from comfy areas, the BSC Atrium shares a number of popular utilities in common with the library such as Wi-Fi, supplies, and a newly remodeled bright space, Dallinger said.
“While we don’t meet the definition of a true library, the Atrium is certainly a wonderful place to study, meet with a group, or just relax between classes,” she added.
“Milner Library soon will begin offering a free, self-service scanning, which will complement our existing photocopying and printing services,” Tom Peters, assistant dean for strategic initiatives at Milner, explained.