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Say for example you are on campus but your following lecture is online, your mentor meeting is via Microsoft Teams, and the fellow student you are working on your project with is at a different location today. The Library is working to meet these needs and the results can be seen in the main library locations in the form of video call booths.

Image: Monique Kooijmans
Image: Monique Kooijmans

The Library is working to create the greatest possible diversity of study places, from public to private, for groups and individuals, aimed at meeting the needs of students at a specific time: providing silent study places for concentrated working when required, at other times working together and being able to talk, or taking part in an online lecture or a Zoom meeting with fellow students.

Pioneering

The brand new video call booths have been specially developed by the Library. Call centres and the  UvA Talen formed the inspiration for designing the first prototypes, aimed at developing a simple, flexible and sustainable construction that provides acoustic insulation for students to prevent noise nuisance in the room.

The video call booths in room H2.01, Roeterseiland Campus REC-H. Image: Marta Adsarias

Sustainability

The video call booths comprise three panels made of PET felt that can be slid together to form a booth without needing any screws or metal parts. The PET felt is made from recycled PET bottles and is commonly used as a soundproofing material.

Tests

The video call booths can be found at the following locations: Twenty-two at REC-H, second floor, room H2.01; fourteen at University Library Singel on the first floor - right-hand side of the Service Desk- and four more, at Amsterdam Science Park.

Want to share your experiences?

Have you already tried out the video call booths? Let us know what you think of them by sending us an email.