Studies have shown that “sound masking,” or introducing white noise, into completely silent library spaces can help students study or read with less distractions.
Students who need to talk quietly can do so without feeling self-conscious. Nose-in-the-book readers won’t hear every pencil drop either. It’s a win-win, especially with final exams looming.
To help our students, Falvey Memorial Library has introduced white noise machines in the Dugan Polk Reading Room on a trial basis, and the staff welcome your feedback.
So, let us know…to quote Depeche Mode, do you “Enjoy the Silence?”
Shawn Proctor is Communication and Marketing Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.