Every day an estimated 5,000 students visit Morgan Library,
which can sometimes make it a place of learning and
“From May 2003 through April 2004 my office received 157
comments, suggestions and complaints; 19 comments were on noise,”
said Allison Cowgill, coordinator for Reference Services
Information and Reference.
According to the Morgan Library Web site, quiet study areas are
designated for no cell-phone use and minimal talking.
Quiet areas are located in assigned sections on every floor and
the entire lower level is designated as a quiet study area.
Todd Hardin, a senior computer engineering major, tries to
utilize this space.
“I always come downstairs in order to keep myself productive.
Sometimes it’s not even quiet down here,” Hardin said. “It is
really annoying when a bunch of kids sit down underneath the ‘quiet
area’ sign and start talking.”
The library staff is doing what it can to combat noise issues in
designated quiet areas.
“We have added three new study rooms this spring and will add
another presentation room this summer,” Cowgill said. “We also have
plans to add two more study rooms on the third floor in the
Study rooms, which are equipped with tables, chairs and
chalkboards, are designed to accommodate individuals or small
Large groups have access to presentation rooms on the first
floor. These rooms can accommodate up to 10 people and provide
Internet access, DVD and compact-disc-player access, a ceiling
projector system and a whiteboard.
Reservations are not required for use of these rooms, so they
sometimes fill up quickly.
Michael Paige, a senior English major, said his experiences in
the library have not been very quiet.
“People don’t respect the quiet area very well; that’s why I
have ear plugs. Cell phones are a big problem, people get on their
phones and talk loud,” Paige said. “There is no reason to disturb
Lauren McElroy, a junior marketing major, said studying at the
library is better than other options.
“My house is worse,” McElroy said. “I have three roommates, so
it is still better to come here.”
Julie Conroya junior chemical engineering major, agreed.
“There are less distractions in the library than in my house,”
Addressing some students’ concerns about the quiet areas,
Cowgill said a future project would develop another type of area in
the library, deemed a “deep quiet area.”
This area will provide seating for at least 80 students and
create a soundless study-safe haven surrounded by walls. No date
has been set for construction, Cowgill said.
Taylor Felton, a junior chemical engineering major, said she
believes the current quiet areas are sufficient for students.
“If you have an issue with the noise, there are enough areas in
the library that are designed as quiet areas. If I need to study I
go to the study rooms with my group, where you can be as loud as
you want to be,” Felton said.
Regardless of the current or future library resources, Amanda
Morrison, a senior animal science major, thinks library etiquette
amounts to simple courtesy.
“I don’t mind when they are talking about school stuff,”
Morrison said. “But it’s when they sit down and talk about what
they are going to do for the weekend, that’s annoying.”