Sunday, December 13, 2015

Quiet Hours (Shhhh)!

An issue with quiet hours, from a comment card left in our feedback box:

"The Information Commons was very loud when it was supposed to be quiet hours inside of the windows. I had a hard time concentrating."

Thanks for your feedback, and for letting us know about this issue. We certainly try to keep the noise level as quiet as possible during finals, but we really depend on the students to help us out - both by being quiet themselves and letting a staff member know if there's an issue. We can't be everywhere at once, so if you have trouble concentrating because of noise, please let somebody know!

- Liz De Coster, User Services Librarian

Friday, December 11, 2015

Study Rooms (Part 2)

We had some feedback recently, through our online form, about the use of study rooms within the Library:

Hi there -

Today, I was in the library with a group of friends, trying to find a group study room to use. Every single one of the group study rooms was occupied by a single individual instead of multiple people. I was wondering if there is some way for the library to enforce group study room rules, possibly by putting a large sign on each study room door, that says these rooms are for multiple people only. We have TONS of desks for individuals to spread out their materials. Individuals do not need an entire group room, especially as final group projects are coming up. As the library turns into a quiet only zone, groups with projects are forced to need these spaces to work.

Thank you!

And here's our response:

Thank you for your post and your concerns. We always hope that our patrons will honor the intended purposes of the rooms. As you have indicated, this does not always happen. We have posted the Library’s policies concerning the use of group study rooms on each room, as you suggested. If you have issues finding a place for group study in the future, please feel free to approach library staff to assist. Remember too, that the group study rooms can be reserved in advance, with the exception of during the Reading Period and Finals Week. This means that until Saturday (12/12/15) you can request to reserve one of the rooms and we will try to accommodate.

I do appreciate your recognizing the library as a quiet zone and making a constructive suggestion to help alleviate some stress during the next 10 days!

- Pamela Flinton, Associate Librarian for Research & User Services