Answered By: Jeffrey Orrico
Last Updated: Feb 01, 2017     Views: 14

Please speak to the librarian on duty if someone is interfering with your use of the library as an academic research and study center.  We will work to guide users to the appropriate spaces for their tasks (see below). Usually, these individuals are unaware that their conversations, music, etc. are distracting others.

Some more details from the Library policies on noise, computer use, etc.:

To accommodate the needs for both individual and collaborative study, the library has different expectations about the level of noise in different parts of the library.  The service desks and Starbucks Cafe are located on the 1st floor and we cannot expect that these areas remain silent.  We understand that group study may occur on the lower level as well.

So while we expect that there may be low-toned noise on the 1st and lower levels, the 2nd floor of the library has been designated as a quiet study floor. These rules assume that students, staff, faculty, and guests will take responsibility for abiding by the quiet policy.  The library staff may speak to you about these policies, not to be the "noise police," but to remind you of our shared responsibility to each other. Students and faculty do have the right to remind library staff of the policy as well.  Above all, be respectful of your peers and their need for a comfortable and study-conducive space.

Cell phones are permitted in the library, but we request that you set cell phone ringers to silent or vibrate only. Cell phone conversations are not allowed on the 2nd floor.  Short and low-toned conversations may be held on the 1st and lower levels, but we may ask that you take it outside if it is disruptive to others.

The computers in the library are for use by SHU students, faculty, and staff and those affiliated with the university. Their primary purpose is for academic applications, with an emphasis on library-related applications. Library guests may use designated computers for library applications and for limited periods of time. Guests should meet most of their needs at their home academic or public library. During times of very high use by SHU students, guest services and access may be limited. An individual guest's library privileges also may be terminated at the discretion of any library staff member for violation of policies, disruptive behavior, or any activity deemed detrimental to the library or our primary users.

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