STUDIOUS users of the University of Portsmouth’s library now have the peace of mind in knowing staff are tackling noisy users as a dedicated service is set up.
A mobile phone number is being circulated to students on the social network Twitter as well as in the library in a bid to tackle anti-social users.
Students are being asked to send text messages to university staff when the conditions in the library become unworkable.
A spokesman for the university said: ‘It’s the start of a new academic year and the university library, along with many other services at the university, are using Twitter to send suggestions and advice to new students.
‘The service being run by the library makes it possible for students to report noise and other problems via text message to university staff. No problems have been reported. Such services are increasingly common in UK university libraries and here, is part of a wider campaign, run in tandem with the students’ union, to encourage respect and understanding of others’ needs.’
Many library users at the University of Portsmouth backed the idea when The News popped down to the facility yesterday.
Mohamed Elbadry, 19, who is in his first year of a petroleum engineering degree at the university, said: ‘I have not been in the library much yet but I think that is a good idea.
‘It is better to get them to help by sending an SMS.
‘Inside the library we can use a system to send a message to someone or ask for help.’
Jessica Linde, a business studies student, said she thought it was a good idea to keep the library quiet.
‘I just heard about this,’ said the 23-year-old.
‘I had never heard of anything like it. I would probably say something to the person. If they did not quieten down I would tell someone else.
‘That’s the whole point of the library – it’s supposed to be quiet.’
Bran Seetsen, 24, an international business student, said he welcomes the new service and would use it if necessary.
He said: ‘I have not been in that much but if someone is noisy I would send a message to get them to be quiet.’