Get the library to enforce silent and quiet study zones

Anonymous submitted on

Wednesday 3rd May 2023


Last year there were little to no issues with noise in the library. This year, on levels 3,4 and 5, supposedly deemed for silent and quiet study, groups of people speak at full volume as if they're on level 1. 
It would be beneficial to many students if someone was able to enforce the quiet and silent study zones particularly during exam season as it's very off putting for the majority of students who have come to those levels for silent study and to engage in focused revision or essay writing. There are spaces all across campus for people to chat so it would be really great to have somewhere that is guaranteed to be quiet for studying.

sincerely,  a stressed third year just trying to pass their exams


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Emily Bastable replied on

Thursday 11th May 2023 11:19am

Thank you so much for submitting a You Make Change. I have forwarded your concerns onto the Library team and have received this response: 


We’re very sorry that you’ve recently had problems with noise levels in the Hartley Library. It’s always a challenge for us at this time of the year when the building gets so busy to ensure that people respect the behaviour we expect in our different study zones. We’ve taken a few actions this week which we hope will help with this:


  • We have created some additional posters to remind people of the need to keep noise levels down on the stairs and on Levels 3,4 and 5
  • We will add a slide to our foyer display screen to remind people of the importance of keeping areas quiet during exam time
  • Do remember that we have QR codes around the building (on desks and on walls) that will let you contact us quickly if there’s a problem in the area where you are working. This can be picked up quickly in real time across the busies times of the day and we will ensure we respond by sending someone to the area where there is noise
  • We have asked our teams to take a more proactive approach to managing noise in the library – we will try to ensure greater visibility of staff during the busiest times of the day


I hope that this is a satisfactory response. You can email me here at if you have any further concerns or questions. 


  • Forwarded to Vice President Education and Democracy

    Friday 5th May 2023 10:54am


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