Librarians implement rule to enforce productive work space


Samantha Fredberg

Students are expressing confusion and annoyance towards a rule in the Library Learning Commons (LLC) that enables librarians to kick students out if they are not doing work. Despite frustrations, librarians will continue to enforce it.
According to librarian Erin Dalbec, the LLC policy is to ask any students who are not working to leave when other students who plan to do work need space. Students who talk with friends, play games, or watch Netflix in the LLC can be kicked out, she said.  
With a new class of freshmen, Dalbec said it is important to make sure everyone knows the rules. “This week we’ve been trying to greet kids in a friendly manner and explain our expectations in the library,” she said.
Many students are unaware of this situation, and some are frustrated when asked to leave the library. “There’s nowhere else for us to go. We get yelled at for being in the hallway,” said junior Angela Buras.
Students are not allowed to sit or congregate on Main Street during free blocks, so many are left without a place to go. According to Dalbec, students should go to the cafeteria, which is always open.
However, not all students agree that the cafeteria is a sufficient alternative to the library, and some are angered that the library is not always an option, according to senior Grace Choi.
The cafeteria is “simply too crowded and noisy, and there’s this atmosphere of camaraderie,” said Choi. “The purpose of the cafeteria is for people to meet up with friends they don’t see otherwise, so it’s really expected that you be social,” she added.
Senior Emma Brown also expressed confusion and frustration. “I think it’s a fair rule, yet there’s nowhere else to go,” Brown said.
Despite many students’ disagreement, librarians enforce this rule due to the size of the LLC. “One of the things that we’ve noticed over the past year is that we’re really running out of space for students,” Dalbec said.
A possible cause for crowding in the LLC is the slight rise of enrollment at North. Around 100 more students are enrolled at North in 2016 than in 2014.