I love the new 2nd floor. It is a very important study place for me as a commuter student. But really, the noise level gets completely out of control sometimes. If you want to do nothing but socialize, PLEASE go to the Commons! Most of us are here to study. Those who are talking and studying are usually not a problem. But the uncontrolled giggling, loud (and endless) flirting and rousing talk about last night's game are best done elsewhere. Please, can't we have *some* limit on the decibel level? And yes, I would spend all my time on the 3rd or 4th floors, but the power outlets are scarce!
The first and second floors of the library are still parts of the library. I understand that people may need to work together, but shouldn't they still do it with their "library voices"? It's a little ridiculous that you have to go all the way to the third floor (which doesn't have many tables)before you can hear hushed voices. Maybe policing these first two floors a little more to make sure most talking is education related, and not yelling.
From: undergraduate students
Mary Ellen Spencer, Head, Research and Instructional Services, replies...
First, thank you for your comments about the new Learning Commons. VCU Libraries designed this space for collaborative student use, and it's certainly become popular this fall semester! That said, all floors of Cabell Library are subject to the Use of Library Facilities policy. This policy states that "any behavior that is disruptive to library use," including "excessively loud noise," is prohibited. Please do alert a library staff member or a security guard the next time you encounter this behavior. Also know that I have forwarded both comments to the Libraries' administration so that they can alert security guards to the problem.
With the high traffic in Cabell Library -- especially on the first and second floors -- some noise is inevitable. However, the library is intended to support the research needs and academic pursuits of VCU students. If you have additional questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me directly. Thank you for sending your comments to the Suggestion Blog.