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A Guide to the New Signs in FHG Library

by Christian Sammartino on 2019-03-21T09:58:00-04:00 | Comments

You may have noticed new signs in FHG Library this semester. We want to accomplish two main purposes with these signs. Our first goal is to help make it easier for you to navigate FHG Library. We often receive questions about where books, elevators, and library instruction rooms are located. One of the main sources of confusion is the way the two story section of the library joins the six floor high rise.

In order to help you identify which floor you are on, we placed floor numbers on each of our signs. Take a look at this one from the third floor.

We also installed larger signs with just the floor numbers on the pillars outside of the elevators on floor 2-6.

Our second goal is to help you identify the study volume of an area at a glance. With this in mind, we modernized the volume symbols on our signs. Our aim is to communicate appropriate volume levels in spaces with the speaker and volume bars.

We also color coded our signs to help you identify the study volume of each area. Each floor is now divided into three main study zones. The volume levels for these zones are Quiet, Considerate, and Collaborative. Lighter shades of purple designate quiet spaces. Medium shades of purple identify considerate spaces. Dark purple signs indicate that you are in a collaborative space.

Here is a brief description of each type of study zone, with pictures of our new signs:


Visit quiet spaces when you need the least amount of noise to complete your work. We recommend this study space for you if you want to work individually and do not want to be disturbed. Conversations in these spaces should be short and spoken in a whisper. Help others use this space by silencing your cell phone and setting it to vibrate. Create a welcoming environment by using headphones if want to listen to music in this study zone.


Study in this space when you want to work quietly with a small group. Please feel free to have occasional conversations in a low voice. If you are not using headphones, we recommend setting your electronic devices to a low volume. Overall, please be considerate of your neighbors while you are in this study zone.


This is your study spot if you want to work with a group. You are welcome to have conversations in regular talking voices in these spaces. Seriously, there will not be any shushing. Just make sure you mutually respect your neighbors. We encourage you to meet with friends and work on group projects in this area. You may also have your cell phone volume turned on and play audio through the speakers on your computer at a reasonable level.

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