We have had a few comments sent in regarding the noise in the Webster Library during this exam period.
One person wrote:
It seems that the Concordia library (Webster) has become a hotbed for socialization. This is especially true during the exam period. People are coming to the Library, opening up a book, and spending hours talking
about things that would commonly be discussed at a bar. These people who are not studying are taking up much needed work space, and even worse, distracting others. I have actually seen it occur that one group
socializing has to up the tone of their voice just so that their friends can here them talk over the 10 other groups that are socializing within a 10 feet
ratio of each other. It has gotten to a point where i cannot study at my
own university. I have to go to McGill, or a coffee shop. It is unacceptable that it is easier to study at a coffee shop then at a library. Something needs to be done. Someone needs to give the library back to those who want to study, and send those who want to socialize down the street to the hundreds of bars that are in walking distance of the Webster library.
Yes, we have had many complaints from students who find it hard to study due to the inconsiderate and noisy behaviour of others. This is especially upsetting for us since, as you rightly note, Webster Library is surrounded by alternative venues for social activities. One fundamental issue is a lack of sufficient library space: we are committed to finding a long term solution to this. In the meantime, we are finding that the crowded study areas – now open 24 hours for exams – cannot always be adequately supervised by the number of library staff or security agents we have available.
I and my colleagues are truly sorry you are finding it necessary to leave the campus to find study space. You may also try asking library staff at the Information Desk for additional advice since we sometimes have good suggestions. We are actively developing a campaign for the Fall term that will, we hope, bring a new awareness to our patrons of the need to remain quiet and respectful of their neighbours while working at Concordia Libraries. You may know that we have been gathering student opinion and feedback on the Webster study environment. The results of this study will guide our decisions. Changes will require a rearrangement of library space and a fresh look at our policies and the ways we enforce them. Suggestions continue to be welcomed and we thank you and all our correspondents for their feedback.