There are a few reasons for the noise. First, the library building’s three-story atrium allows noise to carry to all floors. Second, although libraries are known for being quiet areas for individual study, they also need areas for collaborative learning such as the Information Commons, Reference and group study rooms. These areas generate noise.
To compensate, the library has designated the top floor as a quiet study zone i.e. no mobiles and no group discussions. For those who need absolute silence, two “No Talking” zones have been created, the former Arabic Collection on the first floor and the Periodicals area on the second floor. These glass-enclosed areas have a strict no noise policy and will be patrolled by staff. For more information see our Library Rooms and Zones page.