Over the past couple of weeks, I have noticed that people are playing music aloud in Cabell library. While I understand that the first floor is not for quiet study, I do think that playing music abuses the study environment. I would like to suggest that security make an occasional round around the library and please tell people to use headphones. It is very distracting. Thank you.
From: a graduate student
Mary Ellen Spencer, Head, Research and Instructional Services replies...
As you point out, the first floor of Cabell Library has areas that by their nature are not quiet: the lobby, Starbucks, and the busy circulation and reference desks. Even in these areas, users should be mindful that they are in a library and that students and faculty are enganged in academic work nearby. Users in areas away from the entrance to Cabell Library should not experience disruptive noise from other users.
You are right to note that Cabell Library has designated areas for various types of learning activities. We recognize the need for library spaces that promote both collaborative group work as well as quiet study. Whenever possible, a security guard will walk all floors of the library to monitor activity and to maintain the noise guidelines for each area. We strongly encourage you to report disruptions on any floor to library staff or security guards.
VCU Libraries has made many changes to improve the study environment in Cabell Library, and we welcome suggestions as to how we can continue to do so. I hope I've responded to your comment in a helpful way. Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your concerns.