Just in time for the last round of final exams, the library launched a pilot napping space on the first floor of the Shapiro Undergraduate Library, offering students a safe place for brief spells of restorative sleep. Sponsored by U-M Central Student Government (CSG), who worked with faculty researchers and the U-M Sleep Disorders Center, the napping station is intended to counter the negative effect of sleep deprivation on students' academic work. Naps are limited to 30 minutes, and the space, which is in a well-trafficked area on the first floor of Shapiro, is equipped with vinyl cots, disinfecting wipes, disposable pillowcases, and lockers.
The pilot has drawn media attention: Shapiro Library Operations Supervisor Stephen Griffes has spoken about it to Michigan Radio's Stateside and Library Journal. Other media outlets, including The Chronicle of Higher Education, have picked up the story.
The pilot is scheduled to run through Fall 2014, and CSG and the library will monitor its use levels and benefits before making decisions about its ongoing implementation.