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In the library: quiet space endures

Bruce E. Massis (Columbus State Community College Library, Columbus, Ohio, USA)

New Library World

ISSN: 0307-4803

Article publication date: 13 July 2012




The purpose of this column is to present a single snapshot of the modern library. Even though much of the building itself has evolved into a collaborative learning space and a highly visible social environment, the traditional notion of at least a portion of the building as quiet study space must remain in place to support its place, for many, as an enduring exemplar of solitude. For those who are engaged in independent study and quiet contemplation, it is essential that the quiet study spaces in libraries endure.


The article takes the form of a literature review and commentary on this topic that has been addressed by writers and researchers.


Data indicate that, even though technology is a paramount request by patrons using libraries, many require a quiet place to study as an integral part of their library experience.


The value in addressing this issue is to consider the substantiation suggesting that even though libraries have and continue to transform to meet the varied technological and other needs of the patron, those needs should include providing quiet study space for them as well.



Massis, B.E. (2012), "In the library: quiet space endures", New Library World, Vol. 113 No. 7/8, pp. 396-399.



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