Please create silence areas in Webster (SGW) library that do not permit laptops. I find a quiet spot and someone arrives with their laptop and starts typing or there is a quiet spot but for one person who is very eagerly typing then stops, clicks on the mouse starts to type, stops…. It is not that they are loud per se but relative to the surrounding they are a distraction if one is reading and trying to figure out something or other. If whispering is not permitted then I do not see the difference.
I suggest making small absolute silence areas like the small silent room LB-201 on the 2nd floor (facing de Maisonneuve) and the glassed off area on the 4th floor (facing Bishop). Maybe try one for starters and see if there is more demand for these places. As for now, I cannot find a quiet place in the library till the evening when most students leave.
If there is more demand for absolute quiet areas in the future, all it would mean is that more of the people with laptops be seated elsewhere and near each other which would be fine as that creates a continuous typing sound.
As finals are nearing it is more difficult to find a quiet spot to study in the Webster library.
The question of typing sounds in silent areas is a challenging one – thanks for voicing your concerns and for taking the time to offer your ideas. While typing can understandably be distracting and frustrating for some students like you, for others, laptops and keyboards have become second nature and are an essential part of their work and study process. Some larger libraries do have laptop-free study zones. We appreciate your concrete suggestions for the silent rooms and will consider them as part of our ongoing review of the new Study Zones.