Answered By: Sharon Nangle Last Updated: Aug 25, 2015 Views: 48
Thank you for taking the time to complete a "You said, We did" card recently. I'm sorry you've had to put up with the unpleasant smell of cigarette smoke coming into the Library. Unfortunately as most air conditioning systems bring in air from around the outside of the building, this means that along side fresh air, there's the potential of bringing in "less fresh" air. In order to eliminate the chance of smokey air coming in via the air conditioning system, we'd need to move smokers away from the building. At present the University doesn't have a perimeter ban on smoking around it's buildings, and without it we're unable to move people away from the building if they want to smoke. Instead we now have a deignated smoking area, which has had the effect of concentrating smoking into one area, reducing the number of areas of smokey air that people have to walk through to get to the library. Unfortunately this may also have had the effect of bringing some smokey smells into the building.
I hope the impact of the smelly air has been temporary, and not too distracting for you. Thanks for bringing it to our attention as it's a factor for us to consider when we think about our dedicated smoking zones of the future.
Academic Liaison Librarian