As final exams approach, keep in mind the importance of abiding by the Quiet Study Rules in Mendik Library reading rooms. Even if you are the type of student who can study well in noise and commotion, remember that not everyone else feels the same way. At this time of year, the volume of student noise complaints always rises dramatically. Making noise – even a little noise for a short time – around your fellow students who are trying to study for finals is the height of rude behavior.
Please take note that all reading rooms and stack areas in the Library are Quiet Study Zones. The only exception is the reading area next to the 4th floor Reference Desk. Within Quiet Study Zones:
• Never engage in conversation. A few words at a whisper should always suffice. If you must engage in conversation, take it to the Library stairwells or outside.
• Don’t ever use your cell phone, and don’t put it on vibrate – mute it completely or turn it off. Even a humming cell phone can disrupt your neighbor’s study. If you’re waiting for an important call, you can study someplace else until you receive it.
• Cell phones aren’t the only electronics that make noise. If your laptop has a sound card, don’t forget to mute it. If you’ve got an IPod, make sure to keep the volume at a level that others can’t hear.
• When you enter or leave a Group Study Room, remember to close the door behind you.
• If you become aware of a noisy facilities condition – a squeaky door, a thumping photocopier, a rumbling equipment room – report it immediately to the Library staff at ext. 2332, or to Maintenance at ext. 2820.
During the finals period the Library gets very crowded, and tensions can mount. The only way to maintain an appropriate study atmosphere is through student cooperation under these simple rules. Please keep this in mind always, and especially at this time of year.
Best of luck with finals,
Your Student Bar Association