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The First Floor is an active learning area. A moderate amount of noise is to be expected.  When conducting conversations, please consider your surroundings and be courteous to those around you.

The Second Floor is designated as quiet space. Noise should be kept to a minimum. Please keep cell phones in silent mode. Take conversations to the first floor, stairwells, restrooms or outside. The Group Study Rooms are not sound proof -- talking in moderate levels is conducive to maintaining a quiet environment in the surrounding areas.

What to do when noise is a problem:

Everyone in the library should be considerate of those around them. If you are being disturbed in an area designated as quiet space, remind the person that the area is intended for quiet study. If this does not resolve the problem, please contact a staff member. If someone asks you to be quiet, please comply or move to the first floor or a group study room.

Randall Library is a dynamic resource and university community center that offers a wide range of services, materials, and environments. Students and other researchers expect to find a place for quiet concentration and study, and the library has an obligation to ensure they have it. At the same time, as more courses involve group work, the library provides spaces appropriate to group learning. The library is also a teaching space, where librarians, staff and teaching faculty must talk to assist users in finding and understanding the information resources the library provides. As a community center, the library hosts art receptions, where a certain amount of noise must be expected. The technology provided by the library, from computers and printers to video and photocopiers, inevitably produces noise.

The library recognizes the need for its users to stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues. However, upon entering the building, please consider setting your cell phone to ring in silent or vibrate mode.

Questions about this policy may be addressed to watsteins [at] uncw.edu (Sarah Watstein), University Librarian.

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