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Reading the Academic Library: an exploration of the conceived, perceived and lived spaces of the Brynmor Jones Library at the University of Hull

Fallin, Lee

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Focusing on the perspectives of ‘library users’, this paper argues for a reconsideration of dominant conceptions of academic libraries as dusty repositories of books and restrictive study spaces. Using the Brynmor Jones Library (BJL) at the University of Hull as a case study and drawing on Henri Lefebvre’s concepts as of space as conceived, perceived and lived, it asks: How do library users experience library space(s) in the neoliberal university?

Analysis of the research data has led to the identification of five themes that represent the different facets of academic library space: physical spaces, imagined spaces, social spaces, engagement spaces and discovery spaces. These themes challenge traditional definitions of libraries and redefine them from the perspective of those who use and work within them.

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Fallin, L. (2021, December). Reading the Academic Library: an exploration of the conceived, perceived and lived spaces of the Brynmor Jones Library at the University of Hull. Paper presented at Society for Research into Higher Education. International Research Conference 2021: (Re)connecting, (Re)building: Higher Education in Transformative Times

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name Society for Research into Higher Education. International Research Conference 2021: (Re)connecting, (Re)building: Higher Education in Transformative Times
Start Date Dec 6, 2021
End Date Dec 10, 2021
Deposit Date Dec 2, 2021
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/3888751
Publisher URL https://srhe.ac.uk/conference-2021/
Additional Information Video recording of session: https://srhe.ac.uk/conference-2021/v-21/?vID=hGRRxpcn3hA

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