Answered By: Ewan McCubbin
Last Updated: Dec 20, 2017     Views: 44

Thanks for your positive comments about the Thomson reading room at Martyrs.

I quite agree, a common room facility would be great to be able to provide in Matrys but there is literally no room for it.  The building is essentially 3 rooms - the large Thomson room, the Napier reading room for Special Collections and the seminar room at the rear, which we use for teaching.

If the purpose of the building changes in the years to come and we have more flexibility, a common room facility would I'm sure be an option for the University to consider.  Until then, we have to make do with what is very limited space and we will try to do our best to discourage noise coming from the foyer.  I think some users don't appreciate that just because they've left the reading room and are talking outside the door, doesn't mean that those still studying can't hear them!

If you are bothered by noise, please use our text alert service and staff will attend when they can.  We are looking to provide some kind of staffed presence in the Thomson room at least some of the time from next semester, so that should help.

Ewan McCubbin

Assistant Director (Public Services & Communications)

December 2017

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