Hi! I'm a graduate student and I frequently commute to campus to make use of the grad silent study room in the SLC building. Unfortunately the noise levels in this space are very unpredictable. The group study rooms that border on the silent room get VERY noisy. I know when you book one of these rooms, at the bottom of the booking students are reminded that it's a quiet floor. Could this maybe appear prominently at the top of the booking? Could we also add signage to these rooms reminding students to maintain a minimal volume? A lot of students are intervening, asking people to lower the volume, but this requires ongoing negotiation (which is distracting and disruptive to those trying to make use of the silent study space). There really are only two silent study spaces for grad students on campus, while there are plenty of other options for group meetings. I'm hoping we can do more to promote a quiet culture on the 7th floor. A lot of students do not have access to a quiet work environment at home and I think it is important to have these type of spaces available to students on campus.
Thank you for your thoughtful suggestions! You're correct, the culture of quiet should pervade every space on the 7th floor, not just the open areas. I've your recommendations on to the SLC staff, as well as the library staff who maintain the room booking system.
In the meantime, SLC staff are able to help with noise control - you can ask a staff member in a black or yellow t-shirt to have a word with noisy patrons, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for assisstance.
If you'd like to follow up with the SLC staff directly, their email address is email@example.com.