KU Libraries have installed FitDesk stations in Watson and Anschutz Libraries. Two bike desks are located on the third floor of Watson and two are available on the third floor of Anschutz. The FitDesks are stationary exercise bicycles with built-in desk platforms.
The FitDesk stations were implemented as the result of a proposal by Sara Morris, associate librarian for content development, in response to a challenge to suggest innovative ideas for library services.
“Students have different methods of learning and studying, and libraries need to adapt to those styles,” said Morris. “These bikes offer an alternative to sitting still while doing school work. It will be a great way to expunge nervous energy while getting their work accomplished.”
The bike desks will be available on a first come, first served basis and no reservation system will be in use. The FitDesks will be available for student, staff and faculty use during normal business hours. For hours of operation, please visit https://lib.ku.edu/locations-hours.
“The bike desks are a great example of how the libraries continually seek innovative ways to provide students with varied and flexible study spaces and services in support of their academic success,” said Jeromy Horkman, director of public operations. “I am excited by the introduction of these additions to our student-centered study spaces in Anschutz and Watson.”