I have some ideas on the topic of reserving study spaces (particularly the study carrels. I’ve noticed that people will often leave for one, two, and sometimes three hours, but leave their books behind to hold their place.
In my opinion, if you plan on leaving for more than 20 minutes or so, you automatically forfeit your place. The carrels on the 3rd and 4th floors are prime real estate, especially at this time of the year. It is both inconsiderate and rude for people to leave their belonging behind to reserve “their” carrel. The carrels belong to the library and cannot be reserved while you go out for Tim Horton’s break…
I’m not really sure how the library would go about enforcing this, since moving personal belongings is a very touchy subject. A publicity campaign is a good start.
Thank you for writing in. You’re right, in both libraries, study space is at a premium these days, but the issue of moving personal belongings is indeed a very touchy subject. In fact it has come up before in the Suggestion Box. The Libraries now have a policy regarding belongings left unattended at computer workstations. I do not think that we have the human resources necessary to implement a similar policy for study carrels.
That said, I appreciate you taking the time to write to us and I encourage others to let us know what they think of the situation.