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Study Zones


To maximize the ability of students to study in the library, whatever their needs may be. This policy recognizes that some students will need very quiet study areas while other students need spaces where they can interact, collaborate and study in groups.

Guidelines for the Entire Building

  • Cell phones are only allowed in designated areas.
  • Electronic devices should not be audible to others.
  • Respect the requests of staff and other library users if you are asked to be quiet.
  • Failure to comply with this policy will be considered a disruption and staff will take necessary steps to discontinue the disruption. See the UW Libraries Code of Conduct for more information.

Open Study Zone : First and Second Floors

Group work is encouraged but loud conversations are discouraged. Cell phones are only allowed in stairwells, landings, and lobby areas.

Group Study Zone : Second and Third Floor Group Study Rooms

Group work and use of media is encouraged but should be kept at a low enough volume that it cannot be heard outside the room or in the next room. Cell phones are allowed.

Quiet Study Zone : Third Floor General Areas

Voices should be kept at a low whisper and any other noise kept at very low levels. Cell phones are not allowed. Groups in transit to and from study rooms should respect that this is a quiet floor.

Silent Study Zone : Third Foor Reading Room

This room should be completely silent. Use of audible devices, talking, eating, and cell phones are prohibited in this room.

See Also


Library Administration

Phone: 425-352-5258


Comments and suggestions regarding this policy are welcome and can be submitted by email ( or anonymously through the online feedback form.