QUIET ZONE POLICY
The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries are committed to meeting the needs of library users by providing an environment conducive to study, research, and collaborative learning.
Reason for Policy/Purpose
This policy is required for the effective communication of university policies regarding study zones in the University Libraries.
Who Needs to Know This Policy
All patrons of the University Libraries.
Website Address for this Policy
In order to provide spaces that allow for a variety of study styles, the following guidelines are provided:
Cook Library: 2nd floor stacks
McCain Library: 3rd floor Cleanth Brooks Reading Room
Gulf Coast Library: 2nd and 3rd floor stacks
The following noise producing activities are not permitted in quiet or silent study zones. These prohibited activities may include, but are not limited to:
Violations of this policy should be reported to library staff at a service desk. Individuals who do not comply with University Libraries’ policies may be asked to leave and if necessary, University Police will be called to take charge of a situation involving non-compliance with library or university policies.
It is to be noted that while loud conversations and other noise is discouraged in other areas of the Libraries, there is no expectation of silence in those areas.
The Dean of University Libraries is responsible for the review of this policy every four years (or whenever circumstances require immediate review).
Amendments: Month, Day, Year – summary of changes
11/01/11: Formatted for Institutional Policies website.
02/18/13: Formatted for template. Minor editing throughout.5/6/2013: “Cell phone use” removed as stand-alone item in bulleted list of prohibited activities; “conversations” amended to include conversations occurring in person or via cell phone or other communication device.