Tuesday June 18, 2013
Library Hours: 7:30am to 10:00pm
Eastern Michigan University Library
Quiet Study Area
The Eastern Michigan University Library provides a welcoming environment that promotes teaching, learning, and research. Students and other researchers at the EMU Library expect to find quiet areas for study, and the library strives to provide this type of environment. At the same time, many courses require group work, and the EMU Library has provided spaces appropriate for group learning. The library is also used as a teaching space where librarians, staff, and teaching faculty must converse with users when assisting them. The technology provided by the library and EMU Computing Services such as computers, printers and photocopiers, also produce noise.
The EMU Library shares the Bruce T. Halle Library building with other campus offices which may have separate policies. Since much of the ground level public spaces are not operated by the EMU Library, this policy addresses only library areas on the 1st through 3rd levels.
Room 104 on the First Floor will be utilized to pilot a Silent Study Area during Fall Semester 2010.Silence will be maintained or users will be asked to move to another area within the Library. If there is a problem, contact a library supervisor at the Circulation Desk or 734-487-2562.
All Library Areas
The EMU Library Cell Phone Policy applies to library areas on all levels. MP3 players, laptops, and similar devices should not be used without earphones, and the volume should be set so as not to be heard by other library users.
Collaborative Zone - 1st Level
Conversations may be held at moderate level and group study is acceptable. Noise should be kept to a minimum. Users are urged to be considerate of others. This level has many service points and a great deal of traffic, so it will generally be less quiet than other library levels.
Considerate Zone - 2nd Level
On the 2nd level conversations should be kept to a minimum. When talking is necessary voices should be kept low. The collaborative study rooms and classrooms in these areas are not sound proof. Groups using these rooms are asked to close doors whenever possible and keep conversations at a considerate noise level.
Quiet Zone - 3rd Level
On the 3rd level all users are asked to refrain from talking. Staff may need to assist users, but attempts will be made to do so quietly. The collaborative study rooms and classrooms on these levels are not sound proof.
Group Study Areas
The first choice for group study should be the collaborative study rooms on the 2nd and 3rd levels. The collaborative study rooms are not soundproof. Groups using these rooms are asked to close doors and keep conversations at a considerate noise level.
If no collaborative study room is available the next best choice is to use a table on the 1st level. There are several tables on the South side of the 1st level. Please be considerate of others in the area and keep voices low.
If noise is a problem:
Please be considerate of those around you. If you are being disturbed in an area designated as a quiet zone, remind that person that the area is intended for quiet study. If this does not resolve the problem, contact a library staff member at the Circulation Desk or 734-487-2562.
If someone asks you to be quiet, please comply or move to a zone designated for moderate noise.
Questions? Please ask at the Reference Desk or leave a comment.
October 6, 2010