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Noise Policy

The Library maintains spaces for our community that balance a variety of needs, ranging from those studying alone who need to maintain their concentration to those working collaboratively as a group to prepare for an exam or work on a project. We aim to support those varied uses of the library by limiting noise levels to what is considered to be acceptable and reasonable.

Depending on the space, that noise level may range from one of absolute silence to that of quiet group collaboration and considerate conversation.

Space in the library is divided into two areas allowing for differing levels of noise:

Quiet Zones Quiet Group Zones

2nd floor (Engleman Reading Room)

4th floor

5th floor

2nd floor (except Engleman Reading Room)

3rd floor

What’s allowed in a “Quiet Zone”

  • No sounds that would disrupt someone else nearby
  • Talking in low voices only
  • No phone calls or video calls (Zoom, FaceTime etc.)
  • Use headphones/earbuds for any video/audio playing on your devices
What’s allowed in a “Quiet Group Zone”

  • Recommended for groups
  • OK to talk at moderate levels that aren’t disturbing others nearby
  • No yelling, shouting, etc.
  • Headphones/earbuds for all phone calls, online classes, or other video/audio uses
Image of a meter showing different levels of noise from quieter to louder: quiet zone, quiet group zone, coffee shop, vertical campus lobby, and party. Arrow points to Quiet Zone. Image of a meter showing different levels of noise from quieter to louder: quiet zone, quiet group zone, coffee shop, vertical campus lobby, and party. Arrow points to Quiet Group Zone.