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Noise at the library

I work on the computer at our library almost daily. I find the noise level very bothersome. Children talking loudly. People receiving and talking on cell phones. Kids studying at tables near quiet zones, out loud! (There are rooms for that) I think more signs should be put up all over the entire library saying "SHHH! Your in a library!" & STAY OFF CELL PHONES! DIRECT CHILDREN TO STUDY AREAS OR SEND THEM TO THE CHILDRENS SECTION. OUR LIBRARY IS TOO LOUD. AND NOTHING SEEMS TO BE DONE ABOUT IT. SOME PEOPLE ARE INCONSIDERATE OR IGNORANT


Mon, 2010-02-08 16:21

Thank you for submitting your comments about noise in the library. I am sorry that you cannot find the silence you desire at our public computer stations. You are correct that libraries have changed over the years, and public libraries, including ours, are more tolerant of noise generally than they've been in the past. On weekends and in the evenings in particular, usage of the library is high, and with so many colleges and high schools requiring group work, conversation is necessary for students to complete their homework assignments and projects.

With nearly 2,000 people a day coming through our doors, I will never be able to guarantee silence in our very busy library. We do have a designated Quiet Study room, but we do not allow computer usage in it. Otherwise, conversations are allowed in all other areas of the library, although we do ask in our Code of Conduct that patrons be considerate and not disrupt others.

You may find that using computers in the Internet Lab will provide you with a quieter experience than using the computers in the main computer area. Children under 18 are not allowed to use the Internet Lab because those computers are unrestricted and do not utilize content filters — the fact that minors are not allowed should address your concern about kids and teens disturbing your computer session.

If this option does not meet your needs, or if you decide that using the general computer area is your preference, please let our librarians at the reference desk know when the general noise level becomes too much for you and we will do what we can to keep it to tolerable level. This is very tough during our busier times — usually evenings and weekends, which is when we have the most people in the library — but we do our best to strike a balance.

Thank you for taking the time to contact us. I am sorry that your recent visits have been a disappointment.

Eva Davis, Director

Tue, 2011-08-09 14:02

i was under the impression that this was a library NOT a school playground. i come to this facility to study for a VERY important exam and i do not expect to have to bring noise cancelling headphones to drown out the noises of screaming and yelling children or LIBRARY EMPLOYEES who feel the need to talk at the same volume one would use when talking outside. it is quite bothersome and down right disrespectful to patrons. i have been offered the study rooms at a limit to 2 hours. the kind of studying i am undertaking is not conducive to having to worry up packing up and leaving if someone else signs up for the room. the worst part about this is that the employees, especially those at the reference desk could not care less about the noise level even after approaching them. i understand that this is summer and children and families frequent the library but the running around and yelling is UNACCEPTABLE!!! believe me if i had another option i would NOT come here. why doesn't the canton public library enforce the rule i thought everyone knew that you are quiet in libraries and whisper if you have to talk at all.