Library Acoustics For User Comfort & Comprehension
Not all spaces requiring acoustic treatments are noisy and clamorous. In spaces where quiet is encouraged, noises can pierce peaceful atmospheres and cause significant disruption to users. Libraries stand as evidence of this.
Footfall and other activity in libraries can raise noise levels to a point where it becomes distracting if effective acoustics are not in place. Libraries also need to facilitate collaborative learning, open communication and discussions between staff and library users. Therefore, library acoustics need to be flexible enough to provide quiet and ability to concentrate, whilst also allowing users to users to openly communicate.