I do most of my assignments, reading, and studying on the quiet 4th floor. This semester I've noticed that the table displays of the "Quiet Floor" are no longer being used. As a devoted student I need the quiet floor to be quiet. Lately, students have been talking and causing a distraction. I choose the quiet floor for a reason and it disappoints me that these disrespectful students are not quiet. I was wondering if any reminders could be set back out. Either on the walls as posters, as table displays, or have someone occasionally walk around to keep for a look out. I love the library but they are souring my studying experience!!
From: an undergraduate student
Pat Flanagan, Associate University Librarian for Public Services, responds....
Thank you for your suggestion. It's helpful to hear that the table tents are useful. We have actually been discussing them recently. Our current supply was depleted and we have been determining whether any changes need to be made to the content. In any event, long-term we certainly plan to have these reminders available where students are studying.
Short term, however, I want to alert you that the fourth floor will not be as quiet as usual. Renovations are scheduled to begin on February 26th. The renovations will bring much improved spaces to the 4th floor and will seal off the central staircase between the third and fourth floors from which 3rd floor noise reaches the 4th floor space.
We are working for a future where the 4th floor will be even quieter and we do plan new signage campaigns reminding library patrons about quiet study and that the library is meant to be utilized in support of the academic pursuits of the community. We are also hiring new security guards and in future there will be more security presence enforcing quiet and appropriate use of spaces.