MRU Library Blog

Student Feedback – Noise


I’m concerned about the level of noise in the library. It seems that the only quite time are from 8am until 10am and from 6pm to 10pm. I (as well as many other students, I’m sure) find it very distracting to study. There are not very many places on campus to study and this one, very unfortunately, is extremely noisy. I think it would be more productive is those that wanted to talk did NOT sit in the libary disturbing others. There are more places to talk on campus than to study and those people should respect those that want to study. – Candice


Thank you for sharing your concerns relating to noise control in the Library. Balancing the demands for quiet study space and collaborative/conversational space in our very limited, very crowded space is an ongoing challenge in the Library.

We work hard in the Library to create a welcoming and respectful library environment that supports the needs of all learners. These needs vary dramatically, as I am sure you can appreciate, and balancing them is a challenge.  Many students complain about how noisy the library is, while others share a desire to have a place for group work/conversation. We encourage students to consider the needs of other library users.  Students are welcome to converse in a fashion that does not disrupt other library users.  However, if you are being disturbed by excessive noise from a nearby table or carrel, please feel free to let that person know he/she is disturbing you. You are also welcome to talk to someone at a service desk and we will be happy to address the situation.  Meanwhile, we also encourage students who need a particularly quiet setting in which to work to try the quiet areas at the back of the Library, between the book stacks and the windows.  Finally, if you are still unable to find a space that is quiet enough for you, the Info Desk can supply you with free earplugs.

Parent Feedback – Website


Well, for one I think you’ve done a fantastic job on this website! It’s so easy on the eyes with a nice color scheme and clear layout. I am not a student at MRC but my son is and I think you are a fantastic college. – Danny


Thank you for the compliment and  thanks to our web development team for a job well done!

New Subscription – ResearchNow from Berkley Electronic Press

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Over 40 peer-reviewed journals published by the Berkley Electronic Press

Preprints and working papers:

Explore ResearchNow to keep current with your area(s) of interest. The database is linked from the Library homepage under Find -> Articles/Encyclopedias/Dictionaries -> General -> Other Relevant Resources

Any queries? Please feel free to contact the Library Info Desk.

Posted by Oliver in News

Mac computers in the Library

We will be using all of the library Mac computers for internal staff training on Tuesday, January 27th, from 10-11 and 2-3.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  Students working on the Macs will be asked to relocate to other computers while the training is occurring.  While we will do our best to keep all noise to a minimum, you may want to seek study spaces elsewhere in the library during those time slots if you feel that the training session may detract from your work.

Thank you!