One of the things we are about to try is a library on trust!
Our Engineering Faculty upgraded it’s student study facilities last year, and moved their branch library out to gain more student space. Library hub for them is close by and it was felt that students wouldn’t need books anymore in a subject where lots of the material has been purchased electronically.
Of course, textbooks are the last evil holdout on this, and the students were soon looking for textbooks close to hand, whilst working in these lovely new 24/7 swipe card access rooms and computer labs.
So the Faculty is trialling using some of their annual allocation to buy items and store them in a swipe card access room in the new area.
No exit gates, no borrowing, no security cameras, no watchful librarians. Library on trust ….
Both the Faculty and the Library are hoping for positive results.