January 4, 2007 10:24 AM Subscribe
Did libraries (public and university) stop requiring people to be quiet in the last few years, or is it just me?
posted by transona5 to society & culture (44 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
At home on a recent break, I tried studying in a number of public libraries and found that most were noisier than the local Starbucks. It wasn't just the young people and cellphone talkers you might expect; the worst offenders were senior citizens and a few librarians themselves (one of whom read off the names of all the presidents over the phone in a normal-to-loud voice.) Whispering seemed completely out of place, the relic of a bygone era. The same is true of my university library. I know there are a lot of librarians here; has there been a major policy shift in libraries over the last few years, or have they just given up? (Or am I imagining it?)