The Loyola University Libraries and Information Technology Services (ITS) are committed to providing an environment that is conducive to study as well as welcoming to all patrons. All Library and ITS staff and patrons of the library should respect the rights of others and refrain from making excessive noise while using the Information Commons or Cudahy Library facilities.
All patrons bear responsibility to select an area that best fits their academic and research needs. Patrons should not choose areas where their work will disturb others or where the permitted activities of others may disturb them.
1st and Mezzanine: Group Study and Collaboration
These areas have been designated as the areas for group study, discussion and small group collaboration. Groups engaging in loud talking and other disruptive behavior are not appropriate. Conversations and noise should be limited so as not to disturb others in the area.
Graduate Reading Room (Room 201) and Donovan Reading Room (1st floor): Silent Areas
These areas have been designated for silent study. Headphones may be used if noise from the headphones is not audible to others. Laptop computers may be operated, but all sound or audio features must be turned off. Cell phones and pagers should be turned to silent or off. Students, who talk on their cell phones or their neighbor, may be asked to move to an area designated for group study and collaboration.
2nd Floor, 3rd floor, Lower Level, Graduate Study Lounge (Room 208), Stack Decks: Quiet Areas
These areas have been designated for quiet study. This means that while it is permissible to talk to your neighbor, it is not the appropriate place for groups to work on projects requiring discussion. Headphones must be used and cell phones and pagers need to be turned to silent or off. Students talking loudly on their cell phones or to their neighbor, may be asked to move to an area designated for group study and collaboration. (Note: Since the Stack Decks are located near work areas, there may be times there will be noise. The Library will post signs to make students aware of these instances)
1st and 2nd Floors: Group Study and Collaboration
The first and second floors of the Information Commons have been designated as the areas for group study, discussion and small group collaboration. Groups engaging in loud talking, and other disruptive behavior is not appropriate. The Group Study Rooms are ideal for class projects, tutoring, and joint use of materials. Outside of the Group Study Room, patrons should be mindful that they are in a library and that students and faculty are engaged in academic work nearby. Conversations and noise should be limited so as not to disturb others.
3rd Floor: Silent Floor
The Third Level has been designated as the silent floor (marked with signage). Headphones may be used if noise from headphones is not audible to others. Laptop computers may be operated, but all sound or audio features must be turned off. Cell phones and pagers should be turned to silent or off. Students, who talk on their cell phones or to their neighbor, may be asked to move to the first or second floor.
Students using the Group Study Rooms on the 3rd floor are reminded to keep their conversations low, if the work by the group requires extensive discussion and disrupts the silence on the main floor, students will be asked to move downstairs to the 1st or 2nd floors to continue their work.
All Information Commons and Cudahy Library patrons are expected to abide by these policies and will be asked to comply if necessary. All Library and ITS employees are empowered with the responsibility to approach disruptive groups and individuals and ask them to discontinue the disruptive behavior. Patrons who become belligerent or refuse to discontinue disruptive behavior will be asked to produce photo identification and, for Loyola University Chicago students, their student number.
If a patron does not have identification, or refuses to show identification, he or she will be asked to leave Lewis Library, Cudahy Library or the Information Commons immediately. If a patron refuses to leave when asked, Campus Safety and Security will be called. Student Affairs will be notified of anyone whose student number has been taken more than once. Non students may lose library privileges following the second identification of non-compliance.
|Policy Revision History|
|Approved: IC Steering Committee, September 2009|