This afternoon, after my class, it took me 40 minutes to find an empty spot to work. This is not me being selective. There were simply no empty spots in any
zone. I explored every corner of the library.
However, there were easily 50 spots (without exageration) that had peoples’ stuff, including unprotected laptops, coats, books and more, but nobody
there. When I asked people nearby, some were gone for well over 20-30 minutes.
The library NEEDS a policy on unwatched stuff. Students are not learning based on the signage, and are only looking after themselves. I know it’s midterm time, but that’s all the more reason to have a policy so students can benefit from the only quiet space on this campus.
Please. I’m begging you as a Concordia student to stop with the signage, and start actually acting on rules. I need study space, and I’m so tired of everytime I come here having to put up with tons of noise, or simply nowhere to study. It’s seriously damaged my impression of Concordia and my ability to recommend the school as an excellent institution of higher learning.
Thank you for your comment. This issue comes up often in the Suggestion Box (previous post), and it is one that we have struggled with for some time now. It may be surprising to you to know that this is quite a complex issue and any kind of action on our part would be very difficult to implement. First, there are literally thousands of people that use the Libraries on a daily basis. To keep track of tables left unattended for a few minutes versus those that leave for hours would be a difficult task. Then, there are challenging logistical questions such as: what are we to do with the stuff that is left behind? How do we know that the person claiming it is the right person?
People have asked for some kind of action. What do you specifically suggest? We would love to hear from you.