July 7, 2008
“Kids use the computers even on the 3rd floor. They make loud noise and use the computers only to play games. They run around in the hallways. They are barely teenagers. I don’t understand how they can play games on the 3rd floor or even use the computers. Are they students here in the first place?”
Ebling Library has always been a welcoming place for all members of our community – medical students, practitioners, UW faculty, hospital patients, undergrads, visiting scholars and community members. Teenagers are as welcome here as anyone. However, we expect all Library users to follow the rules. That means no running, no loud voices, and no game playing except for in our Decompression Zone. We do ask users who are breaking these rules to stop or leave the Library. We can’t be everywhere, so if you have any concerns about another user’s behavior, please let us know at the Service Desk.
July 3, 2008
“People with headphones cranked to full blast is distracting to those trying to study even 3-4 tables away. I had to move twice today just to find some peace and quiet in this place. Can you try to enforce some kind of maximum volume policy? Thanks.”
Thanks for letting us know about your concerns. At this time, we do not have a maximum volume rule. However, as a matter of library policy, we do try to make sure that all areas of Ebling — conversational and quiet/silent — are kept free of disturbances that affect other users. What that means is that even in the conversational areas of the library (2nd floor), it is the right of all users to not be unreasonably distracted. In your situation, it sounds like (sorry about the pun!) that the folks with headphones were being a little too loud. If you are not comfortable with asking other users to turn their sound down, please do not hesitate to ask for assistance at the Service Desk.