Its TOO QUIET in here. I find that the fact that the library is so quiet
actually makes for a miserable study environment. In the old days a cracked window would bring in street noise, but in this super-silent hermetically sealed building even the lights’ hum is audible. The silence allows for the most minuscule noise […] to be all the more noticeable.
Why not be the first university library to experiment with white noise technology? Pipe in some rainforest sounds!
Thanks for the comment. You are definitely the first to use our Suggestion Box to weigh in on it being too quiet in the library, and we take this as an indication of some success in our long-standing efforts to reduce noise in the library. When we conducted a survey of our Webster Library users in 2009, 76% of the respondents told us that they preferred to study in a silent environment.
Your point about small sounds being too audible in certain environments is well taken however, and could be kept in mind when we plan future renovation and improvement projects. Yet since one person’s soothing sound may be another’s auditory nightmare we won’t be piping in any rainforest noise for now. In case it is of interest, we have a list of Group Study Spaces outside of Webster Library which can likely provide quite a bit more background noise.