Having a 2 or 3 person minimum in the group study rooms on the first floor. It seems that 80% of the rooms are occupied by only 1 person constantly.
From: Paul, undergraduate student
Mary Ellen Spencer, Interim Deputy Associate University Librarian for Public Services replies....
You're right to observe that the demand for group study rooms in Cabell Library continues to be high. In fact, the Libraries received a suggestion very similar to yours last spring. (For more information, see the May 6, 2005 Suggestion Blog entry on Group Study Rooms.)
The entire library regulation governing use of group study rooms is posted outside the rooms and is also available on the VCU Libraries' Web site at: http://www.library.vcu.edu/services/studyroom.html. In response to the suggestion we received last spring, the Libraries created new signs that are posted inside each room. The text reads: "Group Study Rooms are for groups of two or more users to work together without disturbing others. Please keep noise to a minimum and limit use to two hours."
We do not prohibit an individual from using a study room as long as no group needs it. If your study group cannot find an open room, and if an individual is using a room, you may politely ask the person to move to another area so that your group can use the space. If you prefer to have a member of the library staff ask for you, just stop by the closest service desk. We'll be happy to help you.