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Front Desk Conversations

Saturday, March 15, 2014 7:16 pm

Please instruct the people working at the front desk to keep their conversation in check. I am studying/watching video lectures today (Saturday, March 15, 3-7 pm) at a computer on 4th floor today (with headphones on) and for 2 hour have heard loud talking and laughing from people working at the front desk on Floor 2. Several people on this floor have looked down into the Atrium area to see what was going on and the reason for the commotion. I finally walked down stairs to see why, and it was a two young women and a library visitor laughing and joking around. I asked the circulation attendant to see if he could do something about it, and it subsided for about 20 minutes but then started again.I visit the library frequent ly and have never had this problem before. Will you please look into this? I’m sure these individuals want to enjoy their weekend, and so do I. However, I feel that this distraction is unnecessary and inappropriate in a library with such a large, echoing open area in the center of the study floors.Thanks for your help.

Thank you for letting us know.

New Subscription

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 9:32 pm

I’d to suggest looking into acquiring an institutional subscription with Le Monde Diplomatique. I’d imagine it’s fairly common at major universities (it was where I did my undergrad). Furthermore it’s an invaluable scholarly resource in regards to current events and contemporary political analysis. I’d love to discuss further. The website is here:

Thank you for your suggestion. Our funds for new subscriptions have been spent for this fiscal year, but we can consider it the next time we have additional funding.

New Book Drop

Monday, November 19, 2012 7:30 pm

Hi, I would like to suggest putting a book drop-off box on North Campus. It would make it easier to return books for the students who live there.

Thank you for your suggestion. It makes sense, especially with the new residence halls coming. We will put it on our wish list!

Your Recent Comment

Monday, September 17, 2012 10:09 pm

The library should check out bean bags for students to use anywhere in the library.


Staff Directory

Sunday, February 12, 2012 7:19 pm

It’s impossible to find information on the library staff- who works on what, how to contact them, etc… It would be great for staff bios and information to be searchable and accessible.

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We have put a link to the staff directory on the ZSR home page and made usernames searchable as a result of your suggestion.

2008 Documentary

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 10:59 pm

We add the 2008 documentary, "Constantine’s Sword," directed by Oren Jacoby to our catalog.

Thank you for the suggestion. I have passed it along to our film selector.

Phones and Study Areas

Thursday, November 17, 2011 11:44 pm

Would it be possible to put a sign in the center (sprial) stairwell by the Ammons room and the Art room asking students to not use their phones/talk there? I think a lot of students go to these landings assuming that they are getting away from quiet study spaces, like gov docs or the history room, when really, they’re shouting right into another study lounge. Thank you!

Thank you for your concern. In an effort to keep cell phone conversations out of study areas, we have directed students to go to stairwell lobbies, so in this case, the students are doing what we’ve asked them to do. On the other hand, loud conversations are not appropriate anywhere in the library. We will consider signage that asks people to keep their conversations quiet in an effort to balance all interests.

Power in the Atrium

Friday, November 11, 2011 8:58 pm

I’ve noticed that a lot of people who study in the the main atrium (3 story room w/ tables) use computers. The inconvenient floor plugs are few in number (requiring power cord rental) and awkward to access. I recommend installing power strips on each table (leg, edge, underneath, etc) that could then be plugged into the floor. And if the room needed to be cleared, the tables could simply be unplugged and moved.

Thank you for your suggestion. We understand that electrical power is not adequate in the atrium or most other places in the library. We are collecting data from students and hope to have a renovation project in the atrium as soon as next summer. I will pass along your suggestion to our building managers to see if it could work.

Lynn Sutton, Dean.

Puzzles from the Library

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 9:31 pm

I suggest that students should be able to borrow puzzles from the library.

That is an intriguing idea and we thought about it hard. We are going to decline at this point because it would be difficult to check for all the pieces when they came back. And we thought about having a community puzzle during Wake the Library/exams, but it would take up a whole table and students are already complaining about the lack of tables/seats, so we will pass for now but keep it in mind. Thanks for the idea!

7th floor is a quiet floor

Sunday, October 30, 2011 9:56 pm

some people do not realize that the 7th floor is a quiet floor. please put up signs

We did put up signs last week on the 7th floor, in response to a user request. We will take another look.

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