Six new standing desks outfit the Health Sciences Library

By Lynn Eades September 14, 2016

The Health Sciences Library (HSL) has added six new standing desks to its diverse array of places for student study. Initial reactions from students have been overwhelmingly positive, and some specifically cite the standing desks’ health benefits.

Three of the desks were purchased with funds granted by the UNC Libraries Student Library Advisory Board (SLAB). HSL staff applied for the funds and agreed to match any funds allocated by SLAB to purchase additional standing desks.

The Library offers areas for quiet individual study, reservable and drop-in group study rooms equipped with screens for large-scale projection, as well as a variety of comfortable couches, large tables and study carrels.

“I love it; thank you so much for arranging this,” a patron commented. “I use this desk every day. Stay upright, stay healthy!”

Another student patron added, “It makes my neck, shoulders and wrists feel so much better after hours of computer work! This PT student approves!”

More than a few students said they get to the LIbrary earlier than usual to ensure they have access to one of the standing desks and suggested adding more standing desk options in the Library.

In addition to the NY Times article on the dangers of sitting, the NIH has funded research on the difference in calories expended by sitting and standing students as well as the connection between movement and productivity.

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