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(Oct 24/08) Since silent study areas are shrinking how about making other areas available.

Now heres the specific solution;
Outside of every classroom, post the hours of use. With unbooked time unofficially available on first-come-first-serve basis.

Advantage to the studier; Say if I wanted to study for two hours. I could slip into a room that was not booked for the next couple hours.

Advantage to the group project; with a bit of risk, they can set a meeting place & time knowing the classroom may be empty.
Doubtful possibility; group noise is done outside of the library.

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Second suggestion;

Outside of some classrooms, post the hours of use AND official blocks of silent study hours. Ultimately turning a classroom into a mostly self-enforced study room.

Perhaps a Silent Study in Progress flippable sign on the outside of some classroom doors.

Library response:

Great suggestions. We will take a look at them and see if we can come up with something workable.

In the meantime, did you know it is possible to book study rooms for group work (minimum 3 occupants)? There are six group study rooms on the 3rd floor of Mills  and three group study rooms on the 4th floor which can be booked online @ http://library.mcmaster.ca/mrbs/. We are about to install a screen to show when rooms are booked (or on the other hand when they are available for use) in the group study room areas on these floors. We hope this will help everyone know when rooms are available.

(Nov 11/08)
Answered by: Anne Pottier (Associate University Librarian, Library Services)

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