Library Corner: What’s New in the Stacks

by Jocelyn Kennedy, Director for Library Services

Welcome Back to the Law Library! Over the summer, we made several changes to improve student life in the library.  As soon as you walk through the door, you’ll see that we merged the reference and circulation desks into a one-stop information desk. Our Access and Reference teams are ready to greet you as you enter the building and answer any questions you have.  You’ll never have trouble finding reference assistance again.To accommodate different modes of studying, the library has created zones of study in the building:

  • RED ZONE: The 1st floor is the red zone. You can expect complete silence.  All food and noise are prohibited on this floor. This is the spot for those of you who crave an austere environment for study.
  • GREEN ZONE: The 3rd and 4th floors are the green zone.  These are the floors for engaging in group study, conversation and collaboration.  Quiet conversational noise is permitted in these areas.
  • YELLOW ZONE:  The 2nd and 5th floors are the yellow zone.  These are the floors for quiet individual and group study.  Minimal, whispered conversation is permitted in these areas.

Another big change in the library is our food policy.  You are welcome to eat small, contained snacks on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th floors of the library.  Food is not allowed on the 1st floor or at any of the computer workstations.  We encourage fruit, raw veggies and whole grains – but the occasional candy bar or bag of chips is also allowed.  We don’t even mind that PB&J. We do ask that you eat your meals and other aromatic food that may disturb your neighbors or spill, leave grease stains or otherwise create a mess, in the 3rd or 4th floor lounges.  If you do make a mess, please clean up after yourself.  Paper towels are available at the information desk on the 3rd floor.  And help us out by using appropriate trash bins. If the bin is full, let us know.  We continue to welcome covered beverages as well.

We’d love to hear what you think of our changes. Feel free to drop by the desk or send an email to with your comments.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Visit the Library’s Webpage here for a full listing of its policies.