Shhh…The Indy On Silence in the Library

The Library made it into the Purchase Indy’s  April 7, 2011 Issue!

In last week’s Indy (#236) , Riley Kennysmith was vocal about noise in the Library and offered some great suggestions for keeping the peace between silent and not-so-silent library users.

At the Library, we always encourage patrons to be courteous to each other. Nobody likes overhearing loud cellphone conversations or potato chip crunching while they’re working on their Senior Project.  We also understand students have different study habits.  Some people get distracted if they study near a window; others prefer natural light.  Some students can’t focus unless it’s absolutely silent; others learn better with white noise in the background.  We’ve tried to accommodate all types of studiers by setting up quiet study areas in the Library. Just look for signs that say  “Quiet Zone” in places like:

  • The Reading Room on the second floor (Art Collection)
  • The study carrels (cages) in the basement
  • Lab 1004D, our silent computer lab

We set up these areas in response to student demand.  We ask that all students respect the Quiet Zones…and each other!   That said, please bear in mind that areas not designated as Quiet Zones may not be silent.  Talking is allowed the Library, and is often essential, especially near the Reference Desk, DMZ, and classrooms.  If another student’s behavior is bothering you, we encourage you to be assertive and politely ask the person to tone it down…often, they don’t realize how loud they are!  If the behavior continues or you’re uncomfortable confronting them, please ask a staff member at the Reference or Circulation Desks for assistance.

Creative Ways to Be Courteous:

  • As the Indy article points out, you can buy inexpensive headphones at the Circulation Desk for quiet listening/viewing.  But did you know you can also watch films on a flat-screen TV in the viewing rooms in the Media Resources Center (MRC) located on the lower level?  The MRC also has listening rooms with CD, LP, and audio cassette players. Whether you need to watch a film on reserve for a class or find a way to play vinyl, the MRC is a great solution for a private viewing or listening experience!
  • Do you prefer to study in numbers?  Kennysmith also mentioned that you can reserve a group study room on the second floor (Art Collection) for collaborative study sessions or meetings. See our FAQ on how to reserve a study room online using the Campus Calendar.

Finally, everybody needs a little fresh air during a long study session.  Before you go out for a cigarette or cellphone break, don’t forget to save your work and take your valuables with you!

Quiet Zone Sign



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