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(Mar 24/19) This year I have noticed an increase in 2 issues that have made Thode more and more
unfriendly to study in.
Number 1 There has been a huge increase in the lack of respect for the quiet study areas and
staff are less and less responsive to complaints.
Number 2 There has been an explosion in the number of people vaping inside the library. It
was bad enough when people were doing it outside despite McMasters status as a non-smoking
campus but for it to now have spread to inside a university building makes it look like the
new rule only made things worst
Thank you for submitting these comments.
The Library just ran its Respect Campaign to try to encourage students to be more respectful of those around them in many ways, including respecting what type of space they are choosing to study in. We will try to be more digiligent in responding to noise complaints, but can only do this during the regular hours of opening. If this is happening in the late night study period, please let the security guards know there is a problem and they will talk with the offending groups.
With respect to your comment about vaping, this is not condoned by anyone. Please report these issues to the staff at the main floor service desk as soon as this happens and they will deal with it. We have been told to notify Security immediately when these incidents happen and they will come talk to the offenders. If you are unable to come to the desk you could report this kind of a situation using the firstname.lastname@example.org
email address as well. Please make sure you clearly identify where the vaping is taking place and we will send someone to deal with it.
Thanks again for bringing these issues to our attention.
Anne Pottier, Associate University Librarian (Mar 26/19)
Answered by: Anne Pottier (Associate University Librarian, Library Services)