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Just in time for exams: “Waitz” no more at the Archer Library!

08 April 2024
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The Dr. John Archer Library and Archives is an oasis of cozy corners, public computers and screens, private study rooms, and friendly, helpful staff … and lots and lots of students. Now, finding the perfect study spot is easier than ever. 

Students and other visitors can visit the Library’s website or download the free Waitz mobile app to quickly scan occupancy levels on every floor. Access to occupancy data helps students save time walking around and waiting (and waiting) for the elevator in the search for a seat.

I prefer to sit on the third floor which tends to get busy. Checking Waitz can save me from walking around looking for a spot. If I see the third floor is busy, I head straight up to the fifth floor and get to work. —  Ann Akotey, first-year Biology student 

“We’ve had feedback from some students that hopping on and off the elevator and looking for a place to study can be frustrating. With Waitz, they can view occupancy levels on their phones before they even leave their car or classroom. They can also check the Library website or scan the QR code on the kiosk as they walk into the Library. Our goal is to help students make the most of precious study hours,” offers Brett Waytuck, Dean University Libraries and Archives.

The user-friendly interface shows “very busy”, “busy”, and “not busy” rates of occupancy per floor, as well as expected peak hours. Occupancy data is calculated with 90 per cent accuracy.

Screen shot from desktop computer displaying the level of occupancy for each floor as a percentage.
Check the Library website for real-time occupancy data including busyness level by floor and expected peak hours. Credit: University Communications and Marketing

Ann Akotey, a first-year Biology student from Ghana, studies in the Library at least four times a week.

“I prefer to sit on the third floor which tends to get busy. Checking Waitz can save me from walking around looking for a spot. If I see the third floor is busy, I head straight up to the fifth floor and get to work.”

The app uses custom sensors plugged into outlets that detect Bluetooth and Wi-Fi signals in the area to determine numbers. No personal data is ever processed or stored.

Female student standing looking at her mobile phone beside digital kiosk at the Library entrance.
First-year Biology student Ann Akotey checks Waitz on her mobile phone to see if her favourite study spot on the 3rd floor is available. Scan the QR code on the bottom of the kiosk screen to download Waitz on your phone. Credit: University Communications and Marketing

Extended hours and free parking

It’s definitely more challenging to find a spot in the Library during the busy time leading up to final exams. To help students, the Library stays open later so students can hit their books and laptops for as long as they need. From Monday, April 15 to Sunday, April 28, the upper floors (3, 4, 5, and 6) are accessible until 11 p.m. and the main floor remains open until 2:00 a.m.

The University also offers parking in any M, Z, or public area after 5 p.m. at no cost. Those using accessible parking must be sure that the appropriate permit is clearly displayed. Although there is no cost after 5 p.m., time zones in lots and public areas are still enforced and may result in a ticket being issued. For example, you can’t park in a marked 30-minute parking zone for longer than 30 minutes. After 5 p.m., it’s also recommended that you park in Lots 14 and 15.

Four deep leather chairs by large window at the end of a book shelf on upper floor of the Library.
Enjoy some sunshine while studying from a window space in the Library, but try not to fall asleep! Credit: University Communications and Marketing

Access will remain open to the Ad/Hum and La Cité buildings after 11 p.m. for students utilizing nearby parking or returning to residences. Students will also be able to move from the Library through the Classroom and Lab hallways up to the Protective Services (formerly Campus Security) office in order to access parking on that side of campus.

Best of luck on your finals!

Questions? Archer Library welcomes feedback and inquiries. Contact the library today.

Download the Waitz app today (available for both Android and iOS devices) or visit the Library’s website and click on Current Library Occupancy.

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