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How to be a good library citizen

Getting along in the exam cram
Exams are fast-approaching. Everyone wants to learn but nobody needs extra stress – so here are four simple rules of etiquette so everyone can study better together.

Finding your perfect study spot

Looking for a study nook to call home? There are plenty of library spaces to support your diverse study needs, including silent zones, group study spaces, desks, computers, chill out zones and space to explore and play with tech. There is a perfect study spot, just for you. We just ask that you consider those around you. Clean up after yourself, take your things with you when you're done and be mindful of those who are also in their perfect study nook.

Need a study break? You can hold a desk in the Library for up to 30 mins with a BRB card. Get a card from the Library entrance or Information desk, write the time you left on the card and pop it on the desk.

Serenity now

Libraries have advanced beyond sterile silence - where a dropped pin draws a scathing ‘shush’ from the old librarian stereotype. But a library still needs its serene atmosphere to allow students to get into that hallowed deep study state. Respect the designated silent zones, don’t blast music loudly through headphones and if you need to chat, find a place where you won’t disturb others enjoying the peace and quiet.

Keep it clean, Library foodies

Yes, you are allowed to eat in the library – you can’t be expected to study on an empty stomach. We just ask that you eat hot foods in designated areas only, for example, in the kitchen on Level 3 of Fisher Library.

Learning spaces on campus are shared, so avoid stinky hot foods, greasy soup spills and splashing slop. Craving delivery of pad Thai or pizza? Please consume your delivered yumminess outside the Library or at designated USU-provided dining across the University. Wherever you are, dispose of the evidence responsibly when you finish and leave the area the way you would like to find it.

Desk littered with rubbish.

Left behind. Trash and belongings sometimes linger on desks for hours unattended. Don't be that person.

Microwave responsibly

Speaking of food, being able to microwave a meal at the library is a luxury we’re all thankful for. Sharing is caring, so clean it after you use it. Also, please remember foil and the microwave aren’t friends. Remove foil covers before you heat your food. 

Remember, you can book a study space online. Bookings can be made up to 48 hours in advance for up to three hours at a time. If you need assistance, Library staff are always happy to help.

Updated 21 May 2021

9 November 2018

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