The food and drink policy of the Cotrell Commons is intended to preserve the furniture and technology present in the Commons. Community members and guests are asked to be good stewards of this facility and, following the principles of outdoor ethics, “Leave No Trace.”
Eat meals before visiting the Commons, but if you do bring a snack or drink, remember:
The 2nd and 3rd floors of the library have a NO FOOD policy, but do allow drinks in covered, spill-proof containers or capped bottles.
By observing the Cotrell Commons food and drink guidelines, you help to promote recycling of appropriate food and drink packaging; preserve the Commons and Blume Library facility from pests and harmful molds; ensure the health and safety of all library/Commons users and a long life for the technology, furnishings and collections; respect the hard-working custodial staff by taking responsibility for personal behavior; and save library and technology funds to purchase materials and equipment in support of the curriculum, rather than to replace items damaged by food and drink.
1st Floor (The Learning Commons)
The Learning Commons is a group study area. Please use your “indoor voice” to avoid disturbing other groups and use headphones when listening to music or other audio programs on computers.
2nd (Main) Floor
A portion of the 2nd floor is designated as a Quiet Zone; please minimize conversations and take cell phone calls away from this area. Because the Circulation Desk and the computer workstations are interactive areas, a moderate level of noise should be expected. The art gallery is a gathering place for art openings and other events, and a moderate level of noise should be expected during these events.
The 3rd floor is the designated silent study area. Please take conversations and cell phone calls outside. Library users who wish to work in groups should use the Learning Commons. The Rattler Success Center (RSC) offers advising, tutoring, and hosts classes and other learning sessions in the Multimedia Instructional Center (MIC). A moderate level of noise should be expected in the RSC and in the MIC.
Cell phone use in the Blume Library
Cell phone may be used in the 1st Floor Learning Commons or on the Blume Library porches. Please be considerate of others when using cell phones. Turn phones to mute or vibrate when not in use.
What to do when noise is a problem
Everyone in the library should be considerate of others around them. Please contact a library staff member if you have concerns about noise. Library staff will ask library users to leave the building if they do not comply with the Noise Policy.
Most study spaces in the Blume Library, with the exception of the reservable small group study rooms in the Learning Commons, are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The 28 lockable individual study carrels on the 3rd Floor are available for rent to our doctoral (PhD) students as carrels become available. This policy was established by the Academic Council shortly after the doctoral program was established.
Doctoral students may apply for a carrel by completing the form below and submitting it at the Circulation Counter (Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm). A non-refundable $10 deposit is due at the time of application. Once approved, the doctoral student will receive a key to the designated carrel.