Study room reservations

February 27, 2014

Question/Comment:

Any way room reservations can be put on study rooms? Bummer when I’m studying and I have to leave for an unknown reservation.

Response:

Posting reservations on the doors of individual study rooms isn’t really doable – people can reserve rooms online at any time, so there would be no way to keep a physical listing up-to-date. There is an online listing of current room reservations (at http://library.wisc.edu/studyrooms/ebling.html), though, so it’s going to be displayed at the monitor by our service desk. Not perfect, but it’s something.

Also, the UW mobile app (http://mobile.wisc.edu/) has a study room component, so you can keep track that way if you are a person who owns a smart phone and is inclined to do such a thing. I don’t have a smart phone, but may be able to use inquiries such as yours to convince the library administration to buy me one. So thank you!

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Ink Bottle

February 24, 2014

Question/Comment:

Can we put a bottle of ink in the library?

Response:

Like, a bottle of fountain pen ink? That’s pretty unusual, so I had to look into it. It turns out that there seems to be a bunch of different brands and grades of the stuff, and no one seems to know exactly what to get. What’s more, I get nightmares about that would happen if a bottle got spilled somehow. I mean, I would get nightmares, if we got a bottle. Which we won’t. Sorry – there just isn’t enough call for this sort of thing to go through the trouble of buying some.

I did check at the University Bookstore downstairs, and they can special order ink – it will take them an extra business day to get it, though. They used to stock it, but no longer do because no one bought it. That seems to be a common refrain about the stuff.