Library Suggestion Box

In the 'studying' Category...

Unused Study Space & Outlets

Monday, November 28, 2011 9:52 pm

As I know that the staff is evaluating the placement of outlets in the ZSR, I thought I’d bring this area of the library to your attention. The 6th floor carrols by the windows on the Wilson Wing are a very popular study place for students. The only problem is that only two of the four clusters of carrols have outlets, so no one uses the areas/seats that do not have them. It’s sad that a perfectly good study space goes unused just because there is not an outlet there. I know the ZSR administration is working hard to examine the library to figure out what works and what does not, and that is hard to accommodate everyone. I just thought I’d bring it to your attention. We students appreciate all of your efforts!

Thank you so much for your suggestion and for your kind words. We wish we could make all the building improvements we need at once, but we are trying to do them as we can afford them. Good luck with exams!

Quiet Study

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 8:24 pm

Can you put up signs on the 7th floor saying that it is a quiet study area? There were a couple last year, but now there aren't, and people have been very disruptive.

We will do so right away. Thanks for letting us know.

7th Floor Quiet Study

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 5:07 pm

I’m not sure if the maintenance people are aware they disturb students in the 7th floor stairwells. Almost every day there are several members of the maintenance crew lounging and chatting in the 7th floor stairwells disturbing the students. I’m sure they are on their break and just want to sit down, but they do not adhere to the silence of the 7th floor and it is disturbing to the students. I don’t mean to rat them out, but this is a sort of a hidden quiet spot in an always crowded library that I would like to see preserved.

Thank you for this information. We will investigate and take action.

Wake the Library

Friday, December 12, 2008 7:40 am

I really appreciate the free coffee and food at midnight! It’s just the extra boost I need during exams!! Thank you all.

You are very welcome. We want you to do well on your exams!

A Recent Comment

Saturday, December 1, 2007 11:36 pm

Why is the library only open until 1 am on Saturday the 8th? Most of us have exams the following Monday and will have no where to study once the library closes.

We have used all the resources we can muster to stay open until 3:00 am during the week and 1:00 am on the weekend before exams. We have never been open so many hours before! The good news is that ZSR will open at 10:00 am on Sunday 12/9 and stay open continuously until 5:00 pm the next Saturday. Library staff work these shifts on a voluntary basis and are glad to give up their sleep so that students can study. They also raise funds throughout the year to provide the late night snacks at 1:00 am.

I am working the first shift on Sunday and hope to see you there. Enjoy!

Lynn Sutton, Director

Noise in the atrium

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 1:16 pm

I am a work study student who works at the circ desk. Students have complained about noise coming from an office window that is open in the atrium. I believe that the window is in the interlibrary loan department.

Thank you for alerting us to this concern. We have spoken to the staff whose windows open onto the atrium and you may be assured that the noise will stop. If you notice it again, let us know.

Lynn Sutton

White noise in 24 hour study rooms

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 11:02 am

First of all, thank you for having the 24 hour study rooms as a great option for students to come to study. I do have one suggestion to improve them, and that is to put “white noise” machines in them. Student health services as well as the learning assistance center use them throughout their offices to reduce the presence of distracting noises. A lot of distractions in the 24 hour study rooms comes from the sounds of computer keys, people shifting their things around, and other basic noises that could be drowned out by a white noise machine. If you have never been around one before, they can be annoying for about 30 seconds until you adjust to it. I just thought that I would pass along that suggestion to you all. Thank you again for having these rooms available, I use them quite a lot.

Thank you for your suggestion. This is actually a great idea! We will buy two white noise machines for each room and see if they help. Let us know.

Lynn Sutton

Quiet zones in the library

Saturday, September 8, 2007 3:42 pm

I think that the entire library should be a quiet zone, and that designating 6, 7, and 8 as silent study zones makes it seem like you should be able to talk and giggle anywhere else.

In our experience, many students would like the library to be entirely quiet, but just as many would like it to provide a more collaborative environment for group study and discussion. Most modern libraries provide spaces for both and that is our stated goal. In the coming years, you will see the renovation of library spaces for both individual, quiet study and collaborative group study. We will try to keep them separate and distinct and ask for tolerance of varying learning styles among students.

Lynn Sutton

Phone in 24 hour study room

Thursday, August 30, 2007 1:46 pm

Please remove the phone from the 24 hour study room in the library. People tend to abuse it and talk loudly even when it is apparent that students are trying to study in that particular area. Thank you.

After talking to staff and observing the area, we agree that the best thing to do is to remove the phone so we have now done so. People with an emergency are invited to use the phone at the security station. Thank you for this suggestion.

Lynn Sutton

Noise in the atrium

Tuesday, July 10, 2007 9:48 pm

I like to study in the atrium and 4th floor of the Wilson wing. While I understand that the atrium is not exactly a silent area, it is so distracting when tours come through and the tour guide is literally shouting and people on the tour are taking pictures with flashes. Sometimes I can hear them shouting from the 4th floor as well. I know that tours are important but is it necessary for them to shout while the atrium is full of people working?

Thank you for your comments on noise in the atrium. You are right, the atrium is not the place for quiet study, nor is anywhere in the Wilson wing because of the ambient noise. Just today, we established a policy to designate floors 6, 7 and 8 of the Reynolds wing to be “Quiet Study.” We will begin putting up signs to that effect this summer. We can also talk to the Admissions staff about asking the tour guides not to “shout” while they are giving tours in the atrium.

Thanks for caring enough to write.

Lynn Sutton