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Sapere aude - dare to be wise
Thursday, December 04, 2003
Posted 4:30 PM by Kelly
Shhhh.....

I thought people were supposed to be quiet in libraries.
I spend large amounts of time reading, studying, (and OK, blog-reading and playing Text Twist) in our school library.

Overall, it's a peaceful place to study. But sometimes the silence is broken. The occasional conversation is annoying but is usually temporary. The answering of cell phones (on vibrate) falls into the same category. I may be guilty of both. The loud conversations of our environmental services staff as they travel from the elevators to offices is more distracting, but also temporary.

By far the most disturbing disregard for quiet study comes from some members of our faculty and staff. On the third floor, as they travel from the stairs or the elevators to the meeting rooms or offices or whatever they are in the corner of the library, they carry on conversations at top volume peppered with raucous laughter. I wonder if anyone else has noticed this occurrence? Perhaps I just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time too often.

But I remember last exam season, as the study carrels filled, students abandoned manners and began to treat the library as a hang out spot. Let's hope this study season the library is still, at least sometimes, a haven for those who want to study (or surf the web!) in silence.
Happy studying to all!!!

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