Has the TML library become a social club for dental students? Every time I have been here during this semester (at least 2 times per week), the dental students seem to be taking over the entire first floor, and they are extremely loud. I understand that the first floor is more relaxed about conversations, but what ever happened to whispering and why is the library now a place to come for social interactions? Can't the dental school build a computer lab or give them more study space or something? Help!!
From: anonymous staff
Cate Canevari, Associate Director, Research and Education, replies…..
Thank you for contacting us and sharing your comments. The Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences strives to be a welcoming space and supportive resource for all library users, and your input is appreciated. As you mentioned, the first floor area is a different environment from other locations within the library, and is generally louder than other places especially during peak hours. Students visit the library in between classes to study in groups, get coffee and use the computers. As a result, the first floor area tends to get crowded during these times. The group study rooms, the 2nd Floor Quiet Study Room, 2nd Floor study carrels and tables, and stack carrels in the basement are available throughout the day and generally are quiet areas for study.
We encourage library users to report disruptions in the library to our staff as they arise. We have found that library users react well to a gentle reminder. We encourage library users to report the mis-use of our quiet study areas; please inform staff at the Service Desk.
We welcome further suggestions as to how we can strive to improve the library environment, and appreciate your willingness to share your concerns.