Every single day of this week has been a nightmare finding a spot to study. Indeed people leave their belongings for hours on the tables, leaving them unatended and blocking the space. I think it has more to do with people’s education rather than a lack of space in the SGW library. If all these people that block the spaces did not do so, there could be a flawless rotation of spots, making it EQUAL for all students.
Because of this lack of sense of community, education, or common sense (whatever you want to call it!), I suggest a rule warning students that by leaving their stuff unatended on tables,they aknowledge that anyone could take the seat and be free to use it as long as he or she is physically present.
If you think that you can educate these people and remind them that no matter how indidualistic our society is, we should all be aware that other people have the same needs as we do and that we should respect that, then you should really do so. But please do something about this issue as it is a concern for the majority of students.
It seems to me that there is an epidemic of people forgetting their things in the library’s designated study areas, causing those desks to be utterly useless to individuals who are in need of them for to efficiently study. I would simply like to suggest that a security guard make the rounds of the study rooms, and upon seeing a study space which is obviously not being used by anyone and has forgotten book(s) upon it, to safely ensure that it gets placed in the lost-and-found. This would resolve two pressing issues: (i) the high volume of forgotten things accumulating in the study areas would be securely stored in the lost-and-found, and (ii) those desks would be returned to a state whereby individuals, whom are present in the study areas to study, could use them in the way they were intended.
Thank you for your comments and suggestions. The Libraries’ Code of Conduct is very clear on this, “Users are asked not to occupy excessive space and not to leave personal effects unattended in the study areas, so that all can find a place to work in the library”. If you will be leaving your table for more than a few minutes, please do not leave your belongings there. We have limited space and it is not fair to others if you “reserve” a table.