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.
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