“please have signs around the library asking people to chat quietly as it’s not really a “hang out” area. All the loud talking, laughing, and gossiping makes it hard to do homework in the computer area.”
The Library Information Common serves many purposes on campus, and one of those purposes is as a social space. This definition of an Information Common may help to clarify: “a place that has a serious learning function, supported by information and technology resources, but in a setting that can be noisy and readily accepts group activities.”
We tolerate a certain level of group interaction and noise. However, if the noise is excessive, please speak to the offending group or approach a staff member who may intervene on your behalf.
Another option is to sign out a laptop to use in our Quiet Study Area on the east side of Floor 2, or in the Quiet Individual Study Room, 2006J.
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