Thanks for your comment. We realize it can be very difficult to find the appropriate type of study space you seek depending on the time of term, etc. We have tried to provide a summary of the types of study space available in Mills - this can be found at http://library.mcmaster.ca/study.
Great suggestion about providing a definition of how each space is intended to be used. We will work on this and add this information shortly. We will also look into people using laptops in the Silent Study areas. As you know the signage on these rooms prohibits the use of laptops, cell phones, etc.
It is difficult to control how students use the open areas of the library so may I suggest that you ask students who are working as a group outside a Silent Study Room to keep it down, or ask a staff member to help with this. Just like you these groups are also looking for an appropriate place to work.
As we move closer to Exam Period we will be zoning the library into more Quiet Study areas. Signs will be posted approximately a week before exams begin.
Answered by: Anne Pottier (Associate University Librarian, Library Services)