Gone are the libraries of old where complete silence was mandatory, and the only sound you heard was the turning of pages. Today, libraries are collaborative spaces, a balance between digital, research and quiet areas.
While complete silence in libraries is history, the noise level recommendation for today’s library spaces is a comfortable 40-50 dBA. Previously, to create an acoustically sound library it was important to take into consideration that books were highly absorbent materials and helped achieve acoustic comfort. However, the number of books in libraries is diminishing in favour of ‘digital’ libraries - leading to other acoustic controls being necessary.
Avenue Interior Systems has a wide range of noise control solutions to improve the acoustics in a library, including acoustically rated, stylish and customisable ECO Phone Booth and Calando Booth. The ECO Phone Booth will benefit people wanting to use their computers with no headphones without distracting other patrons trying to concentrate, while the Calando Booth provides an acoustically comfortable place to have a telephone call or video conference.