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Noise Policy

Introduction | General Noise | Cell Phones | Excessive Noise

Last Updated: 8/22/04


The CMU Libraries are committed to providing an environment that is conducive to study as well as welcoming to all users. These guidelines were developed in response to concerns from students, faculty, and visitors about the increased noise in the Libraries.

The first floor stacks and the Clarke Historical Library are quiet study areas. Please refrain from conversations in these areas.

General noise

Quiet conversation among people studying together in a group is acceptable in most areas of the library; however, people should keep their voices down.

Speaking to people floor to floor in the atrium area is prohibited. If people need to communicate with each other, they should move to the same floor rather than pitch their voices to be heard over the distance between floors.

Cellular phones and other devices that ring or generate audible noises

When you enter the Library we ask that you turn off the ringer to your phone. Be considerate of those studying around you, and keep your conversations short and your voice lowered when using cell phones. If you need to have an extended conversation, please go to the first floor corridor outside the sliding glass doors or go outside the library to do so. If you leave the library to take a call, please be sure to take your valuable belongings with you.

The first floor stacks, Clarke Historical Library, and the individual study rooms located on the 3rd and 4th floors are quiet study areas. Please refrain from using cell phones and other devices that ring or generate audible noises in these areas.

Excessive noise

If there is noise that is disturbing or disruptive in your vicinity while in the library, you are encouraged to ask the noise makers to be quieter. You may also report excessive noise to a library staff member, who will speak to the noise makers.

If there is a legitimate complaint of excessive noise made against a library user, that person will be asked to comply with this policy or leave the building.

We thank you for your cooperation in making the CMU Libraries a better place to study and conduct research.​