Bad table manners at Weldon

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “Need respectful library users, not library-bot”
Dec. 3, 2008

To the editor:
As a frequent user of Weldon Library, I would like to commend Western Libraries on their “Library Etiquette” initiative. Nothing is more disrupting when trying to work than a person talking obnoxiously on their cell phone, or having to clean up a table littered with someone’s leftover lunch before you can use it. However, there is another equally frustrating issue that occurs frequently in Weldon " and other libraries on campus " that I don’t think the Library Etiquette program addresses to its full extent.

It is often impossible to find a seat in Weldon, not because spots are occupied but rather because many students have a habit of “reserving” tables and seats by simply spreading their notes and books across a table and leaving for prolonged periods of time. During the exam period, as I was walking through Weldon on my usual hunt for a spot there was even a student sleeping on her textbooks.

This is a huge inconvenience and very frustrating for those of us who actually want to study, especially during exam time. I understand leaving to grab a coffee or a quick bite to eat; however, I have witnessed students get up and leave their spots for one, two, even three hours at a time. Even as I sit here writing this letter in Weldon, the person next to me has been gone for well over an hour. If you’re planning on being gone for that long, then why not just give up your spot? It is rude, unfair and frustrating to other students who need a place to study. Exams are stressful enough as it is and table-hoarding students should not be making matters worse.
" Caitlin White
History III

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