Study rooms in libraries are utilised by many of us, and it’s time for a friendly reminder about etiquette around using those spaces.
It may seem blatantly obvious, and I’m going to sound like a cranky old librarian, but here are 5 common courtesies around using study rooms.
1. Double check what room you’re in before entering and setting up.
It’s easy to get the study rooms mixed up and sometimes you may be in the wrong room by accident (oops!). This can cause lots of confusions with the other room bookings in that library and will make all room bookers unhappy.
Plus, no one likes it when someone barges in going, “Err…you’re in the wrong room”. The whole process of packing up and setting up again wastes precious study time, so it’s best to make sure you’re in the right room in the first place.
2. If you have a room booking and decide you’re not going to use the room, remember to cancel your booking.
It’s a busy time of the year and study rooms are in high demand. Be considerate and cancel your booking if you’re no longer intending to use the room. People will appreciate it!
3. Just because you’re in a study room, doesn’t mean others can’t hear you.
This is especially true in the biomed and baillieu(!) library. Conversations with friends can sometimes get carried away in study rooms. Just be mindful that although you are in a room and behind a door, noise travels and this can be disrupting to others studying in the library.
4. Keep study rooms tidy
You’re not in primary school anymore, take your coffee cups and rubbish with you and dispose of them properly. It is unfair and disrespectful to leave rooms in a mess for the next group.
5. Keep an eye on time
Again, study rooms are high in demand. Keep an eye on time and exit the study room at the time when your booking ends. If no one has kicked you out the room at the end of your session, this is not an invitation to extend your booking. It’s likely they’re politely waiting for you outside to leave, and didn’t want to be mean and kick you out just yet.
These are all common sense, but sometimes we need a little nudge to remember about these things.
If you would like to book a study room and don’t know how to, find out here.