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Searching for coziness in a university library: when psychology and design come together

Gorantonaki, Eugenia and Uzzell, David (2018) Searching for coziness in a university library: when psychology and design come together JOURNAL OF ARCHITECTURAL AND PLANNING RESEARCH, 32 (2). pp. 91-105.

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Libraries as settings for studying have changed with the arrival of new technologies and as places where studying is not necessarily a solitary activity but may involve social interaction. Libraries now contain a diversity of spaces which aim to have particular properties that enhances the study experience, such as ‘coziness’. Coziness may be intuitively understood by architects, designers and users alike as a positive quality of a space but is rarely defined. A multiple sorting procedure in conjunction with interviews with a sample of University students who were regular users (both social and solitary) of a University Library enabled the identification of the psycho-physical properties of coziness. Library spaces are experienced as cozy when they are seen to be attractive aesthetically; functionally comfortable in terms of meeting students’ needs for private and social learning; emotionally comfortable affording feelings of control, safety, and affection; and physically and socially warm.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Gorantonaki, Eugenia
Date : 1 June 2018
Uncontrolled Keywords : University library; Coziness; Cozy; Multiple sorting procedure; Environmental psychology; Study spaces
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 17 Jan 2020 15:45
Last Modified : 17 Jan 2020 15:45

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