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The Stevens Study Zone: The Library

by Romel Espinel on 2023-07-25T14:23:44-04:00 | 0 Comments

Originally published on August 31, 2022

The Stevens Study Zone: The Library


The Library historically has been a central place for Stevens students to study, collaborate, and discover information in its various forms. With the new University Center now providing additional, enhanced places for students to gather to study, eat, and socialize, the Library is taking this opportunity to hone its focus on supporting students’ study and research practices. 

Quiet/Study spaces and hours were one of the main themes across students' responses to the Samuel C. Williams Library's Student Satisfaction Survey last fall. The survey was open from October to November 2021 with 204 students (164 Undergraduates, 39 Graduates, and 1 Doctoral) participating. Through that survey many students requested more quiet study spaces as one student said, “It's really hard to find any space to study during the day because it gets so crowded” and another student added, “I would put more quiet spaces in. The booths on the second floor are great for group study sessions but it just gets so loud on the second floor.”

So in an effort to minimize the noise levels, the Library is updating several of its policies to reflect an evolved atmosphere that prioritizes study. 

  • Refrain from loud conversations and refrain from talking on cell phones. Use headphones when listening to devices. 
  • Food is not permitted in the Library with the exception of America’s Cup Café. 
  • Only covered beverages are permitted in the Library. Beverages are not permitted near Library computer hardware, books, and other materials.
  • The Library has placed more study carrels throughout the building to promote more individual studying. 

The staff hopes by making these changes it will enhance the educational experience for all Stevens students during the 2022-2023 academic year by making the Library the ultimate destination for study and research on campus.

We will also be placing these signs throughout the Library to signify the different levels of low-noise to no-noise zones:

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