Q. Where are quiet study areas in the library?
Peterson Memorial Library is committed to providing an environment that is conducive to study and research. We try to find a balance among the variety of users of the library’s resources: individual study needs, research consultations with reference librarians, library business transactions at the information services desk, and group study and collaboration. Library personnel will try to be courteous of this policy while conducting business around the library.
Located in the Stacks, the Mezzanine (Red Level), and the Reference Room
Benefits: Quiet and calming environment for reflection, problem-solving, and other complex work on which you need to concentrate.
Expectations: Quiet study. Cell phone use is limited to silent mode and silent keypad texting. No headphone noise.
Cautions: No talking or socializing.
Located in the Lobby, the Blue Level, Mt. Hood, St. Helens, and Blue Mountain Study Areas
Benefits: Productive study for individuals who prefer a low level of noise while working.
Expectations: Individual or quiet group study. Low-level conversations.
Cautions: Headphones required.*
(Reminder: These zones may be near service desks or electronic equipment)
Located in any room with a door that can be closed
Benefits: Collaborate with others with minimal disturbance to others who are learning, use electronics without headphones. Group discussions and projects.
Expectations: Doors should be closed. Interactive study with moderate talking allowed.
Cautions: Sound carries. Be considerate of others studying nearby.
If there is noise in your study area that you believe to be excessive, you are encouraged to ask the noise maker(s) to be quiet. If you feel uncomfortable doing so or if the users refuse to cooperate, please report the disturbance to the library information desk in the lobby.
Walla Walla University security will be called if users become belligerent or refuse to discontinue disruptive behavior. Security may escort the user out and will ensure that the incident is reported to Student Services.
*If you need headphone splitters so more than one person can listen to the same electronic device, please see the Information Desk to check them out.