Thank you for taking the time to comment on noise in the library. We agree that the libraries are noisy. We attribute at least part of the increase to the sheer number of students using the Library. As the density of students in our study areas increases, the volume level naturally climbs. As well, we notice that students' learning behaviours are changing - more and more assignments are group based. Even those students working on individual assignments seem to prefer to sit with their friends in group environments.
We always respond to complaints regarding noise in the study areas - and often do ask uncooperative individuals to leave the building. But we do not have enough staff to monitor the floors at all times. When we do, we find that the noise stops for a few minutes, then starts up again after the staff member leaves.
We ask individuals using our study areas to exercise courtesy and keep noise levels down - especially as we head into the exam period.
Answered by: Vivian Lewis (Associate University Librarian, Teaching, Learning and Research)