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Noise in the Library

The ISU Library is committed to providing an environment that is comfortable and inviting, but conducive to study. In order to accommodate the preferences of a wide variety of users, the following policy is in effect:

  • Users entering the library building with a cell phone, pager, or similar electronic device should turn the device off, or set it to a non-audible signal (flashing light, vibration, etc.). Those wishing to speak on a cell phone should proceed to a non-study area within the building, such as a lobby, enclosed stairwell, or secluded corridor, and converse quietly.
  • The Periodical Room on Floor 2 is a designated Quiet Zone, for users requiring an absolute minimum of noise and distraction. Users are asked to refrain completely from conversations (including cell phone), and no group study is allowed.
  • Whenever possible, highly interactive groups of two or more should attempt to use one of the eight Group Study rooms located on Floor 3 or the Media Center. Keys to these rooms can be checked out at the Circulation Desk on a first-come, first-served basis, for a maximum of two hours at a time.
  • The rest of the library is considered semi-quiet study area, with conversations allowed as long as voices are kept low. Individual carrels in secluded parts of the building, such as the perimeters of the bookstacks on all floors and tiers, tend to be relatively quiet. Open areas with large study tables tend to be less quiet.
  • Conduct disruptive to the concentration of others is not allowed. This includes the playing of audio files from computers and/or portable devices that can be heard by others. 

Violations of this policy can be reported to staff at any library public service desk, who in turn will notify security personnel in Stacks Management (or the evening/weekend proctors). Users who fail to comply with this policy may be asked to leave the building.

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