Studying for a big exam? Maybe you need total silence.
Meeting a group from class to work on a project? Maybe you need space where you can talk with your group members and not disturb everyone around you.
Not sure what level of volume is OK where? Next time you're in the library, look for colored stickers on tables or walls or take a look at the color-coded map below. These stickers will tell you what kind of noise level is appropriate for the area that in which you're studying.
We want to make sure that all students have the best place to study.
RED stickers mean silent study. This includes the Reading Room and the individual
desks in the library stacks in the Reading Room and on the mezzanine. This means
no conversation, no whispering, no group study and no phones.
ORANGE stickers mean whispering is OK. This includes most of the second floor
and means no group studying, phones need to be off or set to silent, and if you use
your laptop or MP3 player, you need to use headphones.
YELLOW stickers mean low talking. This includes the Information Commons, the
CMC and the area on the second floor right outside the archives. Small group study
and normal conversation is OK, but phones should be set to silent or off, and you
should use headphones with your music or laptop.
BLUE stickers mean academic conversation. This includes all the group study
rooms and the Learning Commons. Phones should still be off or set to silent, but
group conversational noise and laptop noise is fine.
GREEN stickers mean that any level of noise is OK. This only includes the Second
Cup Coffee Shop and the library lobby. Phones are OK, all conversation levels are
Please look for this signage and respect your fellow students by following the
guidelines. Students have different study needs at different times, and we strive to
provide a place in the library to accommodate everyone.