Acceptable Behaviour Campaign 2012
The Library is about to enter its busiest period of the year. For those of you preparing for exams, this will also be a time of enormous pressure and stress. We will be endeavouring to make your experience as comfortable and productive as possible. Which is why we are introducing our Acceptable Behaviour Campaign 2012
At the heart of this campaign is Captain Birkbeck. By now you will be familiar with the posters and leaflets around the Library bearing his image and his message, but he needs your help to make a difference. We want the Library to be an environment condusive to quiet and effective study. To achieve this, it is important that everyone observes the few simple standards of Library etiquette that we ask for, and to respect other users by maintaining acceptable levels of behaviour.
- Talk quietly. Talking loudly disturbs other users and noise can carry to other areas of the Library. Please remember to keep your voice low and restrict conversations to the minimum.
- Keep your mobile phone on silent. Please only use your mobile phone for calls in the clearly marked 'phone zone' or outside the building. And don’t talk on your mobile as you make your way out as this will still be disruptive to others.
- Go outside to eat or drink. Eating and drinking in the Library impinges on users nearby (smell, noise, etc.). Food and drinks can also damage books. You are welcome to drink bottled water, as this has much less potential to harm Library material.
- Vacate your space for breaks. We appreciate you are working hard over long hours but please do not leave your belongings in a workspace in order to reserve it whilst you take a break of anything more than just a few minutes. This is not acceptable behaviour and is unfair to your fellow users – somebody else could be using that space in the meantime. It is also very unwise to leave valuables unattended, even for the shortest periods.
Red and green cards
To ensure that our resources are being used to their maximum, we are introducing a system of monitoring workspaces. Members of staff will make regular tours of the Library at busy times. Any space found unattended will have a red Captain Birkbeck card placed on it. If you return to find a red card in yours, simply put it to one side for collection and carry on working.
After an hour, any unattended spaces with a red card will then be issued with a green one instead. Other users may then use that space for their own studies. Unattended spaces should only be occupied if they are displaying a green card.
These cards are brightly coloured and easily recognisable, so you should become familiar with the procedure very quickly. You can see the cards, poster and flyer below:
We hope you find our campaign helps. Let us know what you think HERE