Angelo & Jennette Volpe Library
2019-2020: Study rooms were closed during spring break through June 30, 2020, due to COVID-19, which explains the lower usage.
2018-2019: Room usage dropped slightly but was essentially steady. Rooms 130 and 301 were added as study rooms and available around scheduled classes and Class+ sessions, which are not documented here as room usages. Class+ sessions were documented in the room usages in previous years, so this could account for the slight drop in totals this year.
2017-2018: Room usage remained steady from last year, and reservations are still managed through D!bs. Rooms 243 and 244 were practice presentation rooms with computer stations, projectors, and screens. Due to repeated damage to the equipment, these were converted to regular study rooms in Spring 2018.
2016-2017: Room usage increased again. The room reservation system, D!bs, continues to work well for planning ahead and even sends text or email reminders. Patrons can use empty rooms without having a reservation which are not tracked in these statistics.
2015-2016: D!bs seems to have gained popularity, allowing for more reservations. Every single room saw increased usage, especially room 110.
2014-2015: On July 1, 2014, study rooms went to an online reservation system (D!bs). This allows any Tennessee Tech person (student, faculty, staff) to make reservations up to one week in advance for one or two hours. They can have two active reservations at any time. There are no longer keys for checkout as the rooms are unlocked at all times. Patrons may walk in to an empty room and use it, but all reservations take priority. Therefore, the statistics do not account for no-shows or walk-ins. Patrons receive email/text reminders of their reservations. Room 110 was unavailable due to construction beginning January 1, 2015, but prior to that it was also part of the reservation system. Every room that was on the reservation system this year had increased usage!
2013-2014: The rooms available for checkout continue to be extremely popular. Rooms were available on a first-come, first-served basis, and the key to access the room had to be checked out at the front desk. Next year marks some major changes in these rooms. All rooms on the second floor will be moving to a reservation system so they can be reserved up to a week in advance. Those rooms will not be locked so they can also be entered and used immediately if they are empty.
2012-2013: The rooms available for checkout are used predominately by students. They are in high demand during certain times of the day and certain times of the semester. Room 110 is for Media Viewing and seats approximately 50 people and has a teaching station, projector, screen, and surround sound.