Research on Thermal Comfort of University Libraries in Summer of Guangzhou

  • Ting Peng
  • Zhaosong FangEmail author
  • Zhimin Zheng
  • Zhaoliang Ji
  • Qianlin Li
Conference paper
Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)


The effects of indoor thermal environment on learning efficiency and physical health of teachers and students are significant in the university library. This investigation studies thermal environment and comfort in a university library in Guangzhou through conducting the microclimate measurement and questionnaire survey. The results show that there are obvious differences in the thermal environment between the library reading room and the library atrium reading space. In library reading room the operative temperature ranged between 24.5 and 27.5 °C, lower than that in library atrium ranging from 27.5 to 31 °C. In addition, it is found that the neutral temperature of reading room is not obviously different from the preferred temperature, and the neutral temperature of atrium reading space is higher than the preferred temperature. The Predicted Mean Vote (PMV) correction models of libraries are obtained by linear regression, which can be used to evaluate the thermal comfort of the library for the students.


Adaptive thermal comfort Library Operative temperature Neutral temperature 



This work is supported by the Opening Funds of State Key Laboratory of Building Safety and Built Environment and National Engineering Research Center of Building Technology, No. BSBE2018-03.

Ethical approval All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Civil EngineeringGuangzhou UniversityGuangzhouChina

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