The Quiet Policy is instituted by The University Libraries to provide provide for
the creation and safeguarding of an environment that is conducive to individual and
group study, research, and public service activities.
- A certain amount of noise can be expected at all public service desks where library
staff members are assisting clients.
- In other areas, both staff and clients are expected to minimize their noise so as
not to disturb others who may be studying nearby. Conversations should be kept to
a minimum. When talking is necessary, voices should be kept low.
- On the third and fourth floors of the McWherter Library, quiet study areas may be
found around the perimeter and in the book stacks. Those who need quiet are encouraged
to use these areas, and all library clients should be considerate of the expected
quiet in these areas.
- Radios, CD players and similar devices should not be used without personal earphones,
and the volume should be set so as not to be disruptive to other library clients.
All cell phones, pagers and similar devices must be set to ‘silent’ or ‘vibrate’ upon
entering any of the University Libraries. Considerate use of cell phones is allowed
in McWherter Library in the Rotunda and near the elevators on all floors. For branch
libraries, cell phones must be used in the hallways outside the libraries.
- Groups of students who wish to work together should use the designated group study
rooms on the third and fourth floors of Ned R. McWherter Library. These rooms are
free and may be used on a first come basis.
Problems should be brought to the attention of library staff. Those who fail to comply
with this policy will be given a warning notifying them of the policy. If a patron
is uncooperative, library employees are authorized to call Police Services.
User Services Committee, Spring 2004