Standing tall

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Level 4, Hartley Library

“From my point of view, adjustable standing desks are better for studying than regular desks as they allow us to change from standing to sitting so we don’t need to remain for several hours in the same position.” University of Southampton undergraduate engineering student.

Do you agree?

Published research continues to report on the benefits of working (or studying) while standing. Reducing the number of hours that we spend sitting can improve general health.

You let us know that you like to have a choice either to sit or stand when studying.  But did you know that there are several upright study desks (some with power supplied to the desktop) in the Hartley Library?

You can find them on Levels 1, 4 and 5, they are indicated on the Hartley Library Floor Plans. Some of the desks are height adjustable, others are fixed, designed specifically for standing study.

If you would like to find out more or just want to let us know what you think, please email:

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Level 4, Hartley Library

If you are interested in reading some related research, see:

Finch, L.E., Tomiyama, A.J. and Ward, A., 2017. Taking a stand: The effects of standing desks on task performance and engagement. International journal of environmental research and public health, 14(8)


Berkowitz, B. and Clark, P., 2014. The health hazards of sitting. The Washington Post.

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