Thursday, February 24, 2011

Library Noise Zone Guidelines

Library Services has established guidelines for moderating conversations within the facility. There are four zones, which are:
  • Green – Normal conversation.
    You can expect conversations to be carried out at a normal volume. These areas are group study and social areas within the library.

  • Yellow – Quiet talking.
    Conversations are expected to be carried out in a discrete and quiet manner.
  • Blue – Quiet study.
    These zones are for quiet studies and no social conversations will be allowed.
  • Red – Silent.
    The expectation is that these areas are quiet study zones and there will be no conversations.
Vera Bracken Library Noise Zones [Click to enlarge.]
Library Services would like to maintain its policy of not “policing” the noise zones. Regardless of what zone you are in, please be considerate of your fellow students and other library patrons. If you do believe that noise is excessive in your area and you are not comfortable approaching those patrons, please contact the library’s Information Desk in-person, by e-mail (, instant messenger, or text message (403.866.5872).

Library Services is continuing to examine other means of dampening sound in the library to promote a healthy and productive academic environment for all patrons.

If you have any comments, concerns, or questions, please contact us at the Information Desk in-person, by phone (403.504.3511), e-mail (, instant messenger, or text message (403.866.5872).

You can also discuss or share your opinions about the guidelines and defined noise zones via Facebook or Twitter.


Anonymous said...

So, is purple 'blue' and pink 'red'? Labelling the areas would help with orientation. (For eg., the big yellow blob, I think, is the computer lab, right?)

J. N. Malinsky said...

Hello Anonymous.

Thank you for your comments. You are correct in your interpretations.

Regarding colours, these can be difficult to describe/label. What you call “purple” and “pink” could potentially be labeled as bluish or violet, and rose or salmon respectively. Without proper calibration, colours can vary from screen to screen and printer to printer. Since the colours (after a transparency effect was applied) are tonal variants of blue (RGB: 0, 0, 255) and red (RGB: 255, 0, 0), we elected to label them as such for the sake of simplicity. You will notice that the map does not describe/label the colours.

With regard to labeling of features in the library, we believed that the north orientation arrow (near the main entrance) and the unique orientation of service desks and collection stacks would be sufficient “landmarks” to orientate oneself to on this map. We do have another map, which we are updating, that will display this level of detail. It was our goal keep the map as “uncluttered” as possible.

We will, however, take your suggestions under advisement and potentially incorporate them into future versions.

What do you think of the guidelines and zones though? You can participate in the conversion on our Facebook page.