Library users are expected to moderate their voices and respect the need of others for a quiet, studious atmosphere. Quiet conversations are permitted in study rooms and in designated open group study areas on the third floor. Library users should avoid conversation in teh ITS computer carrels , in the second and third floor study carrels and in the first floor atrium.
Cellphone use is not permitted in the library. Users should set cellphones to vibrate or silence.
The library may occasionally host events on in the first floor atrium. If a user is disturbed by the noise, library staff will do their best to find them a quiet place to study.
If a user is not observing the noise guidelines, or if another user complains about specific patrons creating noise, the following steps will be taken:
- First, a circulation employee or librarian will remind the offending party about the library's noise policy and ask the individual(s) to quiet down. The reference librarian on duty will support the efforts of circulation desk to address the situation. If these efforts have been ignored, the reference librarian is responsible for following up.
- If a second visit is required, the reference librarian will note that this is the second visit and if the noisy behavior does not stop the patron(s) will be asked to leave.
- If a third visit is required, the patron(s) will be asked to leave. If the patron refuses to leave, the librarian will call Public Safety, who will escort them out.
If it seems appropriate at any point, a library staff member may ask a user to show identification, so the library director can follow up with a conversation. The patron will also be given the library director's business card. If the patron refuses to provide identification, staff will notify Public Safety, who have a Standard Practice Guide authorization to ask for identification from any person on campus. When dealing with a noisy group, staff may single out individuals who have been particularly rowdy and inform them that they must be quiet. Staff may also ask these individuals for their names.
The library director may decide to follow up with Student Services to discuss academic disciplinary actions that may be warrented. If Public Safety has been called, the librarian on duty will inform the library director by email or, if it seems warrented, by phone (810)247-4482.