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(Nov 7/08) Please do not take this as an attack. However, I strongly believe that all the libraries are becoming a social place where students come to just talk (extremely loudly) or to, well, socialize. I realize little can be done about this issue. However, I was wondering if its possible to enforce silent study in all the study areas. Libraries are not meant for socializing but instead to do work and study. Again, I realize that his is hard to do and enforce. But I hope that a solution can be made about the amount of noise in all the libraries. Thank you- A concerned 3rd year student.

Library response:

As you will have noticed use of our space has changed quite a bit over the last couple of years at Mills. The 1st and 2nd floors are now intended for collaborative study and as such are considerably noisier than in the past.

There is a Silent Study room on the 3rd floor of Mills, while a large Quiet Study room and several quiet study areas can be found on the 4th floor. There are also pockets of individual carrels throughout the 4th, 5th and 6th floors which tend to be quiet as well.

We are working on a plan to communicate where various types of study space can be found. Watch for the launch of a Library Directory in the near future! 

As the first phase of the renovation of Thode Library nears completion it will become apparent that there are new uses of various spaces there as well, including both a large learning commons and a cafe on the first floor. Quiet study space can be found on the 2nd floor with Silent Study space still available on the 3rd floor.

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

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