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B.D. Owens Library is committed to creating study spaces that support diverse/various learning needs. In an effort to support student, faculty, staff, and visitor study needs, B.D. Owens Library has outlined the following guidelines for noise levels in the building. The following expectations are strictly enforced; all library staff (including student employees) are authorized to address noise complaints. Disruptions to the learning environments may result in loss of library space use privileges and, in cases of repeatedly disrupting the learning environment, could result in a student conduct report.


Collaborative Areas

All areas on the 1st (ground) and 3rd (top) floors are designated as collaborative/freely talking areas. The east side of 2nd floor is a collaborative area.  While we encourage everyone to keep noise to a minimum throughout the building, we recognize the demand for collaborative work in the library and have designated these spaces as such.

Silent Area
B.D. Owens Library has reserved the west side of the 2nd floor for silent study. This means all conversations, including phone calls, should be taken to a collaborative area. Please silence phones and use headphones when listening to audio.

Cellphone Zones
Cellphones maybe be used in any space on the 1st and 3rd floors of B.D. Owens Library. Cellphones are to be turned off or set to silent in the silent area on west 2nd floor. Cellphone use is not permitted in bathrooms.


First/ground floor   
  • Collections
    • Popular reading, new books, DVD, and local newspaper collections (microfilm)
  • Offices & spaces
    • Novel Grounds, Library Services Desk, International Involvement Center, librarian offices, library administration offices, conference room, small group study rooms
  • Noise/sound level
    • Collaborative area - free conversation and group work
Second floor
  • Offices & Spaces
    • Student Success Center, Writing Center, Learning and Teaching Center, University Archives
  • Noise/sound level
    • East 2nd (SSC area): Collaborative area - free conversation and group work
    • West 2nd: Silent study space - conversation is not permitted in this space
Third floor
  • Collections
    • Main collection, Mayhew-Hubbard special collection, juvenile, curriculum materials, easy reading, quartos/folios
  • Spaces
    • Small and large study rooms
  • Noise/sound level
    •  Collaborative area - free conversation and group work

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