You Said “It’s Too Noisy in the Library!”

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We received two comments this week regarding noise in the Library. You Said:

“You need to get people to work quietly to facilitate a good productive study environment. It sounds like a a cafeteria rather than a place of study and it is very frustrating to students that want to study. This is the loudest college Library I have ever seen. It makes the college look poorly. Maybey some signs would help? [sic]”

You also said:

“The library is misused by most students. It appears and sounds like a local pub… noise to excess, groups are socializing and extremely loud and can be heard in all portions of the facility even the upstairs quiet study area, no rule enforcement …. RDC library is disgrace for students who actually come to the library fo its intended use….R [sic]”

We Said:

Thank you for the comments about the noise levels in the Library.

The Library Information Common serves many purposes on campus, including providing space for collaborative work and social activities. 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.”

While our open architecture has many benefits, one of the drawbacks is that sound carries easily between floors. We have identified this issue to be considered in potential future renovations, but there is no immediate fix for this problem.

As you may know, we tolerate a certain level of group interaction and noise, and we have provided signage in the Quiet Area on floor 2. If there is excessive noise in the Quiet Area, please speak to the offending group or approach a staff member who will intervene on your behalf. Our staff can be reached in person at the Library Desk, by text at 403-800-8945, by live chat via the library website or any of our subject guides, or by phone at 403-342-3344.

You may want to try our Quiet Individual Study Room, 2006J, which has extra soundproofing insulation and a white noise machine.

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