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How to be a good library citizen

Libraries and learning hubs can pack out during the peak study times. Everyone’s on site to learn but nobody needs extra stress – so here are four simple rules of etiquette so everyone can study better together.

Don’t be a desk hog

Desks are hot property in peak study times, but nothing is more infuriating than seeing desks ‘claimed’ with someone’s belongings for hours with no sign of the owner. It’s unfair for other students to have to find a spot on the floor while a backpack and drink bottle take up prime desk real estate. If you do see someone‘s things left unattended for long periods, it is OK to move the belongings to the side and use the desk. Or you can let staff or security know.

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 are no longer places where even the sound of 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 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

Yes, you are allowed to eat in the library – you can’t be expected to study on an empty stomach. But don’t treat it like a shopping mall food court. Learning spaces anywhere on campus are shared, so avoid stinky hot foods. Craving Pad Thai or pizza? You can enjoy hot food in the kitchen area on level 3 of Fisher Library. Wherever you are, dispose of the evidence 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.

9 November 2018

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