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.
Silent Study Zone – Located in the Stacks, the Mezzanine (Red Level), and the Reference Room
Expectations: Quiet study, no talking or socializing. Cell phone use is limited to silent mode and silent keypad texting.
Benefits: Quiet and calming environment for reflection, problem-solving, and other complex work on which you need to concentrate.
Cautions: Zero tolerance for noise.
Considerate Study Zone – Located in the Lobby, the Blue Level, Mt. Hood, St. Helens, and Blue Mountain Study Areas
Expectations: Quiet study individually or in small groups.
Benefits: Productive study for individuals who prefer a low level of noise while working.
Cautions: Low-level conversation is fine, but not loud noise or socializing, electronics should only be used with headphones*
(Reminder: These zones may be near service desks or electronic equipment)
Group Study Zone – Located in any room with a door that can be closed
Expectations: Interactive study with moderate talking allowed.
Benefits: Collaborate with others with minimal disturbance to others who are learning, use electronics without headphones.
Cautions: Doors should be closed. Talking and multimedia without headphones are acceptable, but please be considerate of others and keep noise to a reasonable level.
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.