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University at Buffalo Libraries

Study Spaces, Policies and Protocol

The University Libraries offer various types of study spaces for different study needs: silent, individual study areas; group study areas; open and locked carrels; and individual and collaborative study rooms.  It is important to respect the various study needs of others and observe proper protocol for each area.

Silent Study

The Libraries recognize the need for silent, individual library study spaces, since other areas on campus can be busy and distracting to those who need to focus.  Expectations for Silent Study are:  no talking, no cell phone use, silence all electronic devices and speakers (ear buds should be kept at lower volume).  Cell phones may be used in stairwells and public corridors.  The silent study areas are primarily self-policing with the expectation that everyone is there for this type of study.

Group Study

The group study areas in the Libraries are meant to provide various types of settings for collaborative work needs.  In these spaces groups can converse on class projects and assignments.  Group study rooms, some electronically equipped, are available.  Open group study zones have seating at large work tables.  Expectations in GROUP STUDY areas are:  collaborative conversation, use of electronic devices at low volume.  Rowdy and disruptive behaviors are not expected. Cell phone conversations should be conducted in stairwells, public corridors or in enclosed group study rooms.

Cell Phone Use

Most users do not appreciate hearing cell phone rings and conversations.  Please be considerate of others. Ringer volumes should be on vibrate or silenced, and all conversations should take place outside of the study areas in public entrances and corridors and in stairwells.

Food/Drink: 

While most Libraries allow drinks and some foods, please remember that food odors and trash can be annoying to others.  Please limit your food items to snacks and not dinner take-outs, and be sure to place your litter in trash bins when you are finished.

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Last Update: July 2011