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Hilton M. Briggs Library Policies


NUMBER: 10.2

  1. Purpose

To establish guidelines for appropriate noise levels and activities in various parts of the library.

  1. Policy
  • Briggs Library offers quiet locations west of the elevator on the upper and lower levels.
    • Very short conversations in very low tones are permitted. Everyone should pay special attention to those around them and avoid anything other than a short disturbance.
    • Cell phones should be set to silent.
    • Headphones are permitted but sound should not be audible to others.
  • Outside of the quiet locations, conversations and headphones are permitted and cellphones should be set to vibrate.
  • This policy applies to all persons in the library.
  1. Procedures
  • Library staff will not monitor the various quiet areas but will respond to complaints.
    • All library staff, including student employees, are authorized to resolve any noise complaints.
    • People whose noise levels are above the level permitted in an area may be asked by library staff to lower the noise level or move to an area where more noise is permitted.
    • If a person does not comply with requests to lower the noise level or move, library staff will follow the Behavior Problem procedure in the Briggs Library Emergency Manual.
  • Quiet locations will be noted with signage.
  1. Related Documents

Briggs Library Emergency Manual (contact library staff to access this document)

  1. Responsibility

The Access Services Librarian or designee is responsible for annual and ad hoc review of this policy and annual review of procedures. The Policy and Procedures Committee is responsible for review of this document every four years. The Dean of the Library is responsible for approval of policy and revisions.


Reviewed by: Library Faculty October 3, 2018

Approved by: Dean of the Library July 18, 2022

Origination date: October 25, 2018

Revision dates: July 18, 2022

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