Learning Zones

library floor plan showing colour-coded learning zonesThe Library is the information hub and gathering place on campus for learning together, and as individuals.  Library staff continues to work closely with students to “co-create” an environment that is conducive to academic research, reflection, discovery, and learning.  We care about your learning, productivity, and academic success. That is why we have introduced our new colour-coded Learning Zones.

We have created four specific Learning Zones to fit your learning style. Choose the colour-coded zone that best matches the work you need to get done in the Library. If you have questions, check with Library staff who are happy to help you.

red colour code Silent Study Zone

  • Expectation: silence – no talking, socializing, music, or cell phone use – cell phone ringers off
  • Benefits: quiet and calming environment for reflection, problem-solving, and other complex work on which you need to concentrate
  • Cautions: zero tolerance for noise

yellow colour code Quiet Collaborative Study Zone

  • Expectation: quiet collaborative work in small groups
  • Benefits: work productively individually or collaboratively in the presence of others with some noise and distractions
  • Cautions: low-level conversation is fine, but no loud noise, music, socializing, or rowdiness

green colour code Conversation-Friendly Zone

  • Expectation: interact with friends and class study buddies
  • Benefits: socialize with minimal disturbance or disruption to others who are learning
  • Cautions: talking is fine, but no loud noise, music, socializing, or rowdiness

blue colour code Cell-Phone Friendly Zone

  • Expectation: areas for cell phone use away from study zones
  • Benefits: make phone calls with minimal disturbance or disruption to others who are learning
  • Cautions: low-level conversation only

Purpose of the Learning Zones

The purpose of the Learning Zones is to promote the Library as a space for research, reflection, discovery, and learning. Associated with each zone is a set of expectations, benefits, and cautions, and we are encouraging students to select the zone that best fits the work they need to get done in the Library. Each of the Library learning zones establishes basic expectations for acceptable behaviour that are enforced under the Library Code of Conduct.