2nd Floor Quiet Policy & Zones

Map of second floor quiet zones

On the second floor of the Strauss Library, there are 3 zones of differing levels of quiet.


Intended for silent study. Conversation is strictly prohibited. The nap pod room in the Study Zone (2406K) is also silent for napping.

  • Allowed: Being super quiet and studying in a manner contributing to total silence as best as you can
  • Not Allowed
    • Conversations
    • Talking over any communication device, including cell phones, Skype or Zoom, etc.
    • Music or video that are audible to other patrons
    • Food or drinks that are noisy
    • Any other disruptive behavior creating noise


Intended for small group work on projects requiring minimal discussion. Discussions or activities should not be audible to nearby groups, but complete silence is not expected.

  • Allowed
    • Brief, quiet discussions in small groups
    • Viewing a lecture or listening to music on headphones 
  • Not Allowed
    • Loud, sustained conversation
    • Phone conversations or video conference of any length 


Intended for group study/collaboration with an emphasis on low-pitched and reserved audible noises.

  • Allowed
    • Low-pitched discussions and soft conversation
    • Group collaboration is allowed, though individuals simultaneously talking is discouraged
  • Not Allowed
    • Loud, sustained conversations that can be heard outside the room or in neighboring rooms

**Click here to see a floor plan and locations of these zones on the second floor of the library (PDF Handout)**

If you feel another group is in violation of these guidelines, we encourage you to work with them directly to regulate the 2nd Floor Quiet Zones.  If the problem persists, please go to staff at the service desk on the first floor for assistance or call 303-724-2152 during library hours.Groups or individuals found to be in repeated violation may be asked to relocate.


Policy Last Updated: 10/14/2019