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Noise Policy

The primary purpose of the Lake-Sumter State College libraries is to enhance teaching and learning. The library staff is committed to providing an environment that welcomes all users yet is conducive to study. These guidelines were developed to help maintain an environment favorable for study and research at all campus libraries.


General Noise Guidelines

  • Headphones may be used if noise from the headphones is not audible to others.
  • Laptop computers may be operated, but all sound or audio features must be turned off or headphones must be used.
  • Cell phones and pagers should be turned off or to no-ring mode upon entering any campus library.
  • Low and moderate noise zones are designated for each of the LSSC libraries. High noise areas are not available in the Leesburg or Sumter campus library. On these campuses, student centers may be used for high noise activities. Since it serves as a joint-use academic/public library, the first floor of the South Lake joint-use campus library is designated a high noise area to accommodate children and teens.
  • Low noise zones require minimal quiet conversation and no group studying. Cell phones and pagers should be turned to no ring mode or off.
  • Moderate noise zones allow quiet conversation and small group studying. Cell phones and pagers should be turned to no ring mode or off.
  • High noise zones allow moderate levels of conversation and large group studying. Cell phones and pagers should be turned to no ring mode, quiet cell phone conversations are allowed.
  • College policy forbids unsupervised children in any campus area. These guidelines pertain to library patrons of all ages, including supervised children. Guidelines for joint-use libraries are specified in the campus guidelines.

Cell Phone Use

Please set cell phones to no-ring mode upon entering any campus library. If you must use your cell phone to make or receive a phone call while in the library, move to a cell phone friendly area: to a restroom or outside the library. When answering your cell phone, you should keep your voice at a reasonable level to avoid disturbing others and immediately move to a cell phone friendly area. If you must be on call and are using a cell phone, follow the guidelines below:
  • Turn phone ringer off or set to a non-audible signal (flashing light, vibration, etc.) upon entering the building.
  • Move immediately to a cell phone friendly area when placing or receiving calls.
  • At the discretion of library staff members, library users in open computer labs who show a legitimate need to use a cell phone while consulting a computer may be allowed to hold a quiet cell phone conversation.


Any library staff member is empowered to resolve noise complaints and disruptive behavior. Groups or individuals disrupting the study and research environment of the library will be asked to discontinue the disruptive behavior or leave the library. Campus security may be called to remove an unresponsive library user. Disruptive behavior may include, but is not limited to:

  • playing personal audio equipment at too high a volume
  • speaking or laughing loudly
  • speaking loudly into a cell phone
  • shouting or any other outburst

Staff Procedures

  1. The library staff member who first notices the disruption should approach the disruptive library user(s) and ask them to discontinue the disruptive behavior or move to an area with a higher noise designation.
  2. If the user continues to display disruptive behavior, the library staff member should call security and request that the person be removed from the library. If possible, ask security to obtain the identity of the person.
  3. If the user shows identification, the name should be recorded and kept at the designated library service desk. This will allow staff to track library users who continually violate noise policy.
  4. Students who have been warned on three occasions will be reported to the Director of Student Development as having violated the student Code of Conduct.
  5. Security protocols will be followed, as recommended by the facilities director and security officers. Security may notify local police if the situation warrants.
  6. These procedures apply to all library users, including students, faculty, staff, and community library users. Any library staff member has the authority to call security if a librarian or administrator is unavailable.

Policy Review

This policy will be reviewed and updated as necessary in order to reflect the changing information environment in the college libraries.

 Policy Last Revised December 2012


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