This is just my opinion, but when I was going to law school it was a real
drag when people would be loud in the law library.  Personally, I think
people associate libraries with quiet spaces (the whole stereotype of the
librarian going "shush" thing), and it can be hard to study when there are
too many distractions.  Since you said that there are other spaces in the
building where students can study collaboratively, I would designate the
entire library, except for the walled-off study rooms, as quiet space.  If
people want to work on a group project, they can sign up to use the study
rooms, or they can go somewhere else in the building.  It might be
different in a public library where a big function of the space is to bring
the community together, but in a medical library it would seem that the
higher priority would be to give the medical students adequate quiet space
to concentrate.  If they need a bit of background noise to concentrate,
they can always bring earphones and listen to music on their phones.  Just
my two cents for whatever they're worth.

All my very best,


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On Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 5:01 PM Molly Montgomery <[log in to unmask]>

> Hello, everyone! I work at a brand new medical school and we're trying to
> work through a number of issues which have come up now that students have
> settled in (see about a dozen previous questions posted to this listserv).
> Our current struggle is what kind of space we want the library to be. Are
> we a lively area where students collaborate or are we a quiet space for
> solitary study? We are basically one large room with four good sized (but
> not sound-proofed) study rooms. We have a variety of seating from tables to
> study carrels to soft chairs, but nothing is really partitioned off. Since
> we are just one room, we don't have the advantage of a large, standalone
> library which can designate different floors as quiet or group work areas.
> There are other areas in our building where students can study which range
> from open areas to additional study rooms. Nowhere else in the building is
> a designated quiet area.
> We have received complaints lately that the library is too loud, so I
> thought I'd better try to figure this out. Of course, other students love
> that they can come into the library and work together.
> I'm looking to see how other librarians in similar libraries have tried to
> balance collaboration with quiet. My only thought at this point is to
> create quiet hours at the same time every day.
> Thank you, and I'll be happy to summarize for the list.
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