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(Oct 12/11) At a UNIVERSITY, there should definitely be quiet computer areas that are strictly enforced. These days there are so many students who are funneled into the post-secondary system, and many of them arent pure academics who have an appreciation for the life of a scholar, and the time and ioslation true research requires. As a result, there is a lack of respect for others who need computers to read and not have their train of thought interrupted by laughing and talking and other excessive noise. There are SO many places to go to chat with friends here.. you dont need to be loitering while others use their very limited time to get some work done. My suggestion is that there need to be quiet rooms with computers, that are specifically for the purpose of one-person-to-a-computer reading. This way there is assurance that people wont barge in and interrupt. There are many other computer areas that are busier for other uses, but there exists a need to begin sectioning off certain areas for STRICTLY, and I use that word for a reason, quiet use.
Library response: Thanks for submitting your comment, and yes, we do agree there is a need for more Silent Study space. At the moment, the only areas which are designated as Silent Study are on the 4th floor of Mills (down the ramp in room L405) and at the west end of the 6th floor. In these areas we ask that there be no talking, socializing, music, laptop or cell phone use, and that cell phone ringers be turned off. We are working on identifying more areas which can be considered to be Silent Study space, but before we can do this we need to re-locate many of our collections areas, which will take time. More information on the various types and locations of study space we make available to our users can be found at: http://library.mcmaster.ca/study-spaceMost of the areas where there are public computers, except those found in the Learning Commons on the 2nd floor, are in areas which are considered to be Quiet Study. There is also the Laptop Friendly Room on the 3rd floor, which at most times is pretty Quiet.We appreciate your patience as we work through redefining the various types of study spaces we make available to our users.
Answered by: Anne Pottier (Associate University Librarian, Library Services)