Frequently Asked Questions

"Is there any section of the library that's designated quiet or silent?

The popularity of the central libraries as a place to study has created a problem. We have received frequent complaints about the lack of quiet study space over the past couple years. In fact on a 2003 library survey, the availability of quiet study space was one of the most important priorities for Baylor undergraduates, and the item on the survey with which undergrads were least satisfied. We've heard from unhappy graduate students and faculty members, too.

Here's what we are doing to address the problem. The stacks area on the third floor of Moody Library has, for some time, been a designated quiet study area.  During the summer 2004 term, we added the stacks area of the second floor of Moody Library as a quiet study area. The second floor of Jones Library was designated as a quiet study space near the end of the fall 2004 term. To further facilitate quiet study, most large carrels on the second and third floors of Moody are now available on a first-come, first-served basis as "quiet study" carrels.

Jeff Steely, Library Client Services


"Why does it always seem so cold in the library?"

We have some climate control problems in the Central Libraries. In some cases this is because antiquated heating and cooling equipment is not able to do any better.  Some of the chill is by design, however. This fall there was an outbreak of mold on books on the third floor of Moody Library. Mold thrives in warm, moist environments. To prevent a recurrence, Baylor’s Facility Services put into place measures to reduce both the temperature and relative humidity of the third floor. This works well for the books, but may not be comfortable for some library clients. 

As we look toward a possible renovation in the future, climate control is on our list of “things that must be fixed.” In the meantime I would suggest that you explore some other areas of the facility. The temperature in Jones Library tends to be more stable, so you might try studying there.

Jeff Steely, Library Client Services