Quiet. Again.

April 4, 2011

Question/Comment:

Please find a way to encourage (enforce) the “silent area” signs.

Response:

Our policy is that the entire 3rd floor is a silent area, but it’s clear that signage alone does not make this happen. This is an incredibly distressing state of affairs for librarians, whose allegiance to signage is legendary.

The deal is most library staff spend their time on the lower floor of the library; the upper floor is sort of a distant hinterland to us. Because of this, you might want to let our service desk staff know if someone up there is getting overly rowdy. Alternatively, you can let them know yourself.

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Later Hours?

April 4, 2011

Question/Comment:

Keep the library open later.

Response:

Ah, the hours thing. We probably get as many comments about our hours as we do about noise (just kidding – we get far more complaints about noise).

We are constantly looking at hours and discussing how we could change them for the better. Later hours have been discussed – I dream of something like a 24 hour policy similar to College library. However, there are a couple of barriers to this:

1) We would have to assign a full-time staff person to be around during the graveyard shift. College has been able to do this, but hiring additional staff isn’t really in the cards for us right now.

2) The building the Ebling library is located inside  (the HSLC) closes at 11:45.  If we stayed open later, this would have to change. College library gets around this by having a separate entrance, but this would require some major engineering work to have happen at Ebling.

Anyway, we are constantly reassessing our hours with an eye toward improving access. In the meantime, your will have to be satisfied with College library filling your late-night needs.