How close is too close?

Individual Silent Study“I really liked the library and the services available. It is comfortable and easy to use. The only thing is that it gets too crowded during peak times.”

~ past student feedback

This year we restructured the Individual Silent Study zone, grouping several areas together into the side of the building that is naturally quieter.  You might have noticed the striking new purple banners flanking the entrance to each zone. By replacing shelving with study spaces, we are able to offer more space to study in silence now than ever before, and we have made sure that all the seating in the individual silent zones encourages individual study without talking.  

Having more restricted individual silent study zones has allowed us to patrol these spaces more frequently.  We have reviewed our procedures and retrained our security staff. We even introduced offer free earplugs for anyone those times when you want to blot out the world completely and work anywhere without risk of interruption – we find they are useful anywhere, not just in the silent zone!

Assistant Librarian (Promotions) at the University Library. An enthusiastic advocate of libraries, diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice for all, inside and outside the workplace.

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