Library: Comments & Suggestions
This FAQ includes answers to common questions about the renovated Clark Library.
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The short answer is maybe. This is a really smart building. All the HVAC is on a computerized system that we mere mortals can only pretend to understand. (Think HAL from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey which you should check out from our media collection if you haven’t seen it). There are thermostats that give the appearance of being adjustable but really the adjustable range is only 3-4 degrees. Bottom line: alert/complain/whine to us at the main floor service desk and we’ll pass that info on to our Hal-like person in the Physical Plant. Chances are we’ve already complained ourselves so will welcome the validation. As their schedule allows, they will make an adjustment on the main computer controller and hopefully the climate will improve.
Food & Drink
Only if you share with the library staff - particularly if cookies are included….
Seriously - yes, with qualifications. Our goal is to balance the “comfort” needs of our library users against our responsibility to keep the building and collection clean and safe from damage.
The big message: use common sense.
For those of you short on common sense, here are some suggestions:
- Always have drinks in spill-proof containers in all areas of the Library.
- Packaged food is generally ok, open plates of food not so much because the “mess potential” is so much greater
- Don’t even think about bringing soup into the library. We have sniffer dogs and will find you.
Another factor to consider: smells are really bothersome to some people. So if choosing between TUNA or CHICKEN before visiting the library, pick chicken. Always.
Think of the library as pristine woodland and practice “no trace” food and drink consumption. Clean up after yourself.
A little known fact is that library staff HATE being food police. In our dreams, library users act responsibly, clean up after themselves and give us no reason to invoke a bunch of restrictive food policies.
It’s a big step, opening up 24 hours and one that the University doesn’t want to take before considering all the pros and cons.
At this time we are still evaluating need and demand for extended hours and considering potential concerns such as personal security and security of the building and furnishings.
In response to the ASUP library hours survey, beginning Spring Term 2014 the library will open at 7:00am (30 minutes earlier) and close at 2:00am (2 hours later) on Sunday through Thursday. During the Midnight – 2:00am period there will be a Public Safety presence and students will only be able to enter the library with a valid UP ID card. We will continue to monitor use and assess the ongoing need for adjustment in our open hours.
Noise is a relative thing. A pin dropping might sound like nothing to one person while it makes another person sit bolt upright. We strive for some middle ground by creating a really quiet space on the lower floor for those who need total quiet for focus. On the other two floors, it’s probably not realistic to expect total quiet though you might find quiet spots in the far corners of those two floors.
If you’re comfortable with it, ask the noise makers if they would mind talking a little more quietly. Most of the time people will respond in a reasonable way and life is good. But if that seems too confrontational, let the Service Desk staff know about this problem and they’ll intervene on your behalf without “blowing your cover.” We’ve even had people let us know there was a problem by using the chat on our web page or by calling us on their cell phone. Whatever works best for you.
We do want to be sure that the lower floor remains quiet and will do our best to support this goal.
The study rooms are POPULAR. We doubled the number and still they are full almost constantly in the evening. Try to think ahead about when you might want a study room – you can book up to a month in advance. Otherwise our advice is to head for the next best thing: one of the collaborative areas on the main and upper floors. Ask at the Service Desk if they know of other options that might be available.
Yes, you can ask them to give up the room. Study room reservations are only valid for a group (defined as more than one person). If you believe a room to be occupied by only one person and aren’t comfortable asking them directly, let us know at the main floor service desk and we’ll speak to them.
Ask for help at the Service Desk. You can also check out markers for the white boards at the service desk as well as Mac adapters and a DVD player if you’d like to view a DVD.
We almost always have computers available in the main lab for these uses and would rather you use those computers for word processing, email, etc. The Digital Lab is a new and growing program and all the computers there have special software not included in the main lab computers. We don’t want to run the risk of not being able to accommodate someone needing to work on a digital project because all the Digital Lab computers are taken for other uses.