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Central Library Expects Foodless and Silent Atmosphere

The Central Library will reinforce the etiquette campaign starting from this week. The goal of the campaign is to create a more academic atmosphere in the library. It will mainly focus on two points.

The first is to prohibit any kind of food and beverage, and the second is to reduce noise in the reading room. As soon as the new semester began, the Central Library established a policy banning all kinds of snacks, except water bottles and tumblers with caps.

 However, this is often violated by students. Yun Joo-young, a manager of the Central Library Academic Information Service Team, said, “Some students carry food in their backpacks in order to evade the regulation. Two weeks ago, a student accidentally spilt coke on the electrical outlet. The real problem was when the next person inserted a plug into that outlet without realizing, resulting in a fix

   
 
   
 
of the entire wiring in that seminar room.” Therefore, the library decided to tighten up its food-and-noise banning policy with an etiquette campaign. The gist of it is to block any attempt to bring food into the library. The security at the main gate of the second floor will be strengthened and new gates will be installed at the entrance of the fourth floor where currently no gates exist. The Central Library also cracks down on loud-chatting students in reading rooms. However, the number of working-scholarship students who enforce this restriction is not enough to stop noisy users. Therefore, the library will hire more working-scholarship students to patrol the floors and seminar room to look out for noisy students. The sanctions that are on students who violate these policies will be much stronger than before. The degree of those sanctions is now being discussed by the managers, but they will include limitations on checking out books and entering the library. If the campaign is effective, it will be expanded to the reading room of Manhae hall and the Library of Law Studies. However, these campaigns will not succeed without the support from students. Yun emphasized, “Regardless of the campaign, the best policy is the one that students keep voluntarily.”

Yang Si-young  sea0378@dongguk.edu

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