Image of library Library Conduct Code Addresses Cell Phones

In response to a growing number of patron complaints about disruptive cell phone use, Olson Library recently implemented a new policy that addresses noise levels associated with phones and other electronic devices. The library’s public services staff worked together to pen the policy last spring so it would be ready for release this fall.


“The policy was implemented to make the library a better place for everyone to work in,” said Mollie Freier (AIS-Library). “It’s mostly just trying to remind people to be considerate of others.”


The policy is outlined in the library's code of conduct, which includes the following:


  • The library should be used for its intended purposes: reading, research and study.
  • People should be considerate of the need of others for a quiet and orderly place to study.
  • If at all possible, quiet shall be observed in areas of the library where conversation may disturb others.
  • Personal listening devices such as iPods, cell phones and laptops must be adjusted so that others are not disturbed.
  • People wishing to work together on assignments or in study groups are encouraged to reserve a room.
  • Olson Library allows food and drink.
  • Please do not reshelve materials after their use; leave that to the staff.

To view the code in its entirety, visit Library Conduct.


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