Quiet library policy

Report noise to library staff

In response to numerous requests for quiet study space and recognizing that different noise levels are suitable for different activities, the library has implemented the following policies.

Quiet Zones

The Library is divided into three quiet zones:

Icons for the UTSC Silent Study Rooms, Quiet Study, Group Study Rooms


Room AC338 is available for silent study

  • No conversation
  • Cell phone turned off
  • Electronics permitted
  • Earphones must be used when listening to electronic devices


The entire library is intended for quiet study with the exception of the silent study and individual study rooms. The Reading Room (by the library entrance) is also a quiet study zone.

  • Whispered conversation is permitted
  • Cell phone on vibrate
  • Electronics permitted
  • Earphones  must be used when listening to electronic devices


  • Talking allowed (e.g. participating in virtual tutorials, etc.)
  • Cell phone on vibrate
  • Electronics permitted

Please be considerate of your fellow patrons. You are invited to report noise disturbances to library staff who will follow up on your behalf.

Despite our best efforts, some patrons may find the library noisier than they would like. 


  • Library staff will politely inform noisy patrons of the library’s quiet policy and enforcement measures. 
  • The Library will enforce quiet in the library on a “three strikes” basis, where three warnings will be considered the normal number of warnings prior to further action being taken. Library staff will ask the patron(s) in question to please keep the volume down at least two times, and map record staff/student numbers upon giving a second warning. The final intervention will be by a staff member asking the patron(s) in question to please leave the library. If patrons refuse to leave Campus Safety will be called.
  • Patrons who are asked to leave the library on more than one occasion may be subject to a suspension of their library privileges for up to 24 hours.
  • Regardless of a patron’s noise level, all patrons are bound by the University of Toronto Library Conduct Regulations and students are also subject to U of T’s Code of Student Conduct.