HomePAARL Research Journalvol. 7 no. 1 (2020)


Ana Maria B. Fresnido | Ma. Nancy D. Pieda



Spatial literacy among librarians is crucial in justifying initiatives to transform spaces. A number of different methods, tools, and trends have been used in the field of library and information science (LIS) to monitor patterns of facilities use or library traffic, which include track the traffic (TTT), shadowing the visitor, room geography, bench studies, behavior mapping, seating sweeps, and visual traffic sweeps (VTS). This study investigates how the different spaces/zones are being utilized in an academic library in Region IV-A, including its newly introduced discussion rooms and the “learning commons,” to provide a better understanding of the patrons’ needs and preferences in terms of space. Moreover, the study draws out insights on what further improvements could be carried out, such as additional new spaces, space realignment, and space redesign. Mixed method (quantitative and qualitative descriptive research design) was employed for this study, particularly seating sweeps and interview. Findings show that patrons, in general, appreciated and valued the library because it remained functional, that is, it was able to fulfill the needs of its clients, despite its traditional look and facilities.