As we are all heading into the busiest time of the semester, we have received a number of complaints regarding food and noise. Here is some of what you wrote:
When students walk into the library holding a cardboard tray with 4 large cups of Tim Horton’s coffee and a paper bag full greasy doughnuts, they show a lack of respect for what a library is supposed to be.… Why not hire a student enforcement body who will give out noise and food fines. The fines will fund their pay….
Would it be possible to completely eliminate the so called orange zone from the third floor of the library building? This may sound like a radical approach, but people are not studying there, they come to chat and are a major disruption for those sitting the blue zone. …
The third floor of the library is absolutely horrible. Apparently people using this space have zero respect for others; I don’t even understand why do they come here in the first place, because all I hear is laughing and talking on the phone, does not seem that studying is their main objective here. …
Would it be possible to have some stickers and attention notes put in these areas? Also I think that it would be a good idea to have someone from the library staff walk once in a while and ask people to be more quite or perhaps a short recorded voice message aired once in a while to remind those who do not know how to behave?
…I want to say that your signs for a quiet environment in the library was a good iniative and students like myself have seen some improvement. The degree of noise is not as high as it used to be. However, there is still room for improvement …. My suggestion to you is the following: please put giant signs on the glass windows that are clearly visible with images indicating that talking in cellphones or among each other is forbidden, or students will be asked to leave the premises. Thank you for your time.
Many thanks to all of you for suggesting ways to encourage silence. Over the last year, since we have instituted the blue and orange zones and increased staff and security guard presence across the libraries, we have noticed an improvement. Students have responded to the zoning and signage. However, some students persist in talking and we are aware of this.
Most of the comments posted above came in over the weekend when we have less staff working. However, security agents work around the clock, including weekends. If you have anything to report, please do so and we will address the problem. Some have suggested clearer signs and we are considering more effective signage. Finally, several users have suggested noise and food fines. We would rather not have to go to that extreme. Please, we encourage you to let us know when someone is being too loud.
Finally, we encourage everyone to monitor themselves as well. It happens to all of us that we get carried away and our voices get loud. Let’s continue to work together to make the Libraries a comfortable place to study in.