The DePaul University Library is committed to
providing an environment that is conducive to study as well as welcoming to all
users. All library staff and users of the library should respect the rights of
others and refrain from making excessive noise while using the library.
facilities allow for a mix of individual and group work options, as well as for
active learning and quiet study. Areas intended for group study, discussion and small group collaboration are
designated as such.
- Quiet study areas are available
in both the John T. Richardson Library and the Loop Library. Quiet study areas
are appropriate for individual reading and study, as well as for use of
technology to conduct individual work.
- Group study areas are available
in both the John T. Richardson Library and the Loop Library. Group Study Areas
are appropriate for class projects and joint use of materials.
- Group Study Rooms are
available at both the John T. Richardson Library and the Loop Library and may
be reserved for scheduled use. Group
Study Rooms are appropriate for class projects, tutoring, and joint use of
Areas of the library designated for one of the
uses noted above are identified by signage and noted on the library Web site.
In addition to these general designations, please note the following:
- The Richardson
Library Information Commons (1st
floor, Richardson Library) is designed for collaborative learning, open-plan
use of technology, and active engagement among faculty, staff, students, and
visitors to the DePaul University Library.
- The Curriculum Materials
Collection (2nd floor, Richardson Library) is designed for use by
scheduled classes in the School of Education. Notice is posted on scheduled
class days so that patrons may move to another area for quiet study options.
- The O’Neill Reading Room (3rd
floor, Richardson Library) is designed for individual work and quiet study.
- The Special
Collections and Archives Reading Room (3rd
floor, Richardson Library) is designed for individual work and collaboration
with library staff in the use of rare books and archival materials housed in
Special Collections and Archives.
In using library
facilities, please keep the following guidelines in mind:
- Quiet study areas are
designed for individual work. While it is appropriate for patrons to speak
quietly with neighbors in a quiet study area, these are not appropriate places
for groups to work on projects requiring ongoing discussion. Headphones should
be employed if media is being used or created in a quiet study area and all
mobile technology should be set to a “silent” mode. Use of mobile phones
or other mobile technology to make or receive calls is discouraged in quiet
study areas, and patrons whose conversation or use of technology becomes
disruptive to the work of others may be asked to move to another area.
- Group Study Rooms are
designed for collaborative work, but may be adjacent to areas of the library
designated for quiet study. Patrons using Group Study Rooms are asked to keep
their voices to a reasonable level and to limit conversation and noise when
entering or exiting a Group Study Room. If a group’s work requires extensive
discussion or activity that may disrupt the quiet of an adjacent area of the
library, its members may be asked to move to a Group Study Area or another
appropriate space (e.g., Richardson Library Information Commons) to continue
- The library is regularly
the site for scheduled classes, tours, and public events, including book
readings, panel discussions, etc. When a library space is to be used for such
an event, notice will be posted so that patrons may move to another area for
quiet study options.
The DePaul University
Conduct Policy identifies “disruptive
behavior” not allowed in any library facility. Among these behaviors are the
following related to noise:
- arguing, fighting, and/or
any activity that creates excessive noise or commotion detrimental to the work
of library users or staff;
- abusing, threatening, or
intimidating library users or staff through language or action;
- using musical instruments
in non-designated areas;
- using audio devices or
other electronic devices that create excessive noise or in any other way
disrupt the work of library users or staff.
University Library patrons are expected to abide by these policies and will be
asked to comply if necessary. Library employees are empowered with the
responsibility to approach disruptive groups and individuals and to ask them to
discontinue the disruptive behavior. If
patrons become belligerent or refuse to discontinue disruptive behavior, library staff will take appropriate action, including, if necessary, notifying the Department of Public Safety and/or the Chicago Police Department.