…I am a graduate student and without the 2 silent Grad Study Lounges on the 4 floor, I don’t know where else in the library I would go for some peace & quiet.
However, there is another problem: undergraduate students are using the Grad Study Lounges. The door to one of the lounges has been tampered with so it doesn’t shut, and more and more undergrads are coming int.
Today for example, one of the Grad Study Lounges was packed with undergrads and the door again was tampered with so it doesn’t shut (and more of their friends were coming in to study). This was problematic for me as there was no cubicle for me to work in (I have a Comprehensive Exam to study for as well as a stack of final exams to grade as I work as a TA).
Silent study space for Grad students is crucial, especially as the rest of the library is so noisy.
After speaking with a librarian, he went into one of the Grad Study Lounges to ask to see for student ID’s and almost EVERYONE was undergrad students! After they left, most of the cubicles were available!!
Thank you for your email. Other graduate students have also complained about this situation via our “chat with a librarian” service. We have changed the door code and during the exam period staff has been checking for IDs more frequently. However, we acknowledge that there is a problem over the weekend when we have less staff available.