This was a Q&A in Dear Amy in the Tribune today. Do you agree with her answer? My library has changed in that databases/internet/computers are available, along with videos, etc., in addition to books. But you still have to be quiet and people still read.
Is this now a necessary piece of modern equipment to cope with acoustic society?
Unfortunately, my new library has many of the same features and noise problems. In addition, the main library is at the extreme rear of the building. The requires everyone wanting a book has to walk the entire length of the building, a real problem for those with walking difficulties (as I recently had for a few years). Everything for the more nimble was located just inside the door. Great planning.
I think it is indicative of the architect's abilities that, when the model was presented for inspection (before construction began), I pointed out to the director that the drive-up book deposit was located on the wrong side of the building and was in the middle of the entrance lane. It was moved to the other side of the building, the correct spot.
Give a man a fish and he can eat for one day; give a man a fishing pole and he will find an excuse to never work again.
Nollidj is power.
The libraries I've been in recently were still mostly quiet. Since I detest noisy environments, I consider a library to be a refuge from everywhere else. The woman who responded to Frazzled's query is, IMHO, a first rate jerk. While noise might be ubiquitous, it is not right.