What is Quiet?

You wrote:

Thank you so much for becoming a 24-hour library! That is simply amazing. Also, thank you for dividing the library into silent and non-silent areas.

Here are my suggestions:

1. Better educate people on what “quiet” study is. Or perhaps suggest a limit as to how high can someone speak. I’ve been to both areas and I’ve found that security passes through the silent area more often than the quiet area. I think students have established that the silent area is really silent hence requiring less supervision. However, the quiet area, in my opinion requires more supervision.

2. Students can contribute in keeping it low through reporting other students if they are making noise, however, I’m not sure if there’s a fast and effective way of doing that, other than going through Concordia’s main security, then being transferred to that of the library (this suggestion is a follow up to the first).

3. Increase extension cables — equally. I do appreciate the extra black cables distributed, but I don’t think that’s enough. Just today, I had to go through the 3rd and 4th floor (in the silent area) to find an electric outlet (that took me around 8 minutes).

Other than that, coming to the library has been a great experience for me. Thank you.

Thank you for expressing your appreciation of the 24-hour access to the Libraries, the new study zones, and your library experience in general!

 Your comment about more supervision in the orange “quiet study” areas is not going unheard. The notion of just what “quiet” study means can be quite subjective, which is why we like to hear from you about these issues. Reaching a common understanding should become easier as the study zones become more entrenched in our library culture.

 You are welcome to come and see a library staff member, or to flag one of us down as we do our rounds, if you feel others are clearly violating the guidelines we have set out and posted for the orange zones.  Another option would be to choose a silent study area when you know you will be requiring a high degree of quiet, especially since the blue zones tend to fill up less quickly than the orange ones.

It’s good to know that you appreciate the extension cords we installed. We are certainly taking note of your suggestion for more. Thanks again for all your comments.

1 thought on “What is Quiet?

  1. Anonymous Post author

    I have just a few questions. First off, what is the purpose of the orange zones? The reason I use the orange zones is to work with 2 or 3 people together to do homework or studying. We don’t talk loud but obviously we need to talk in order to discuss homework problems. The other day library staff approached us and told us that we need to keep talking to a minimum. I don’t understand, if everyone uses the orange zone for light group discussion then who would they disturb? If people really want a silent place to study then they should go to the blue zone. Therefore I say the orange zone should be left for people who need to talk in groups.

    Another problem I noticed is that when I am looking for a table to study in groups in the orange zone, there are always people who take up a whole table when they are by themselves. If people really want to work alone then they should be forced to occupy a single table in the blue zone and not take up a whole 4 seat table in the orange zone. Library staff should politely ask these people if they are not waiting for anyone to then proceed to a smaller table so as to leave room for groups of 2 or more people to use the table.

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