The first of the improvements for students is now open on Library South 5 with the inauguration of the Quiet Study Room. This room was designed in response to student requests for a quiet study area, and contains 52 carrels with high walls, chosen to enhance individual quiet study. The room has power connections along the walls and a wireless Internet network, but it is not intended to serve as a computer lab, but rather as a place where individual students can work on their research.
We ask students to refrain from conversation, cell phone use, and group work in this area.
We recognize the need for spaces to work together, but there is also a substantial demand for QUIET study space, and this area was designed as part of the larger project to meet that need.
To meet your group study needs now, group study areas are on the bridges between Library North and South, plus a few small rooms on Library North 5. The bridge on the fifth floor has re-opened. There are also general study spaces on Library North 3, 4, and 5 and on LS 3, 4, and 5.
When this project is complete there will be ample collaborative spaces, including approximately 55 study rooms and many carrels designed for collaborative work. The first of these spaces will open in mid-February with the completion of the Information and Learning Commons on Library North 1 and 2.
We will rely on students to self-monitor the quiet area, and ask those making noise to re-locate. Library staff will intervene when necessary, but as they cannot always be in the area, we expect that peer-intervention will be the most effective way of keeping the area quiet.
Because of the way this project had to be phased, this is opening ahead of the many collaborative spaces, and we ask your patience and cooperation as we develop this space. We welcome your suggestions as to how to keep this a quiet study space.
*Author ID: 8 Author name: Laura*