Meri Kytö: Listening to libraries: How to and why design the library soundscape


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What should a library sound like? Everything we do makes a noise. Sound is a communication tool, and many sounds have a certain function.Before, libraries were monumental institutions where the most popular word was ‘shhhh’. Now, they are changing into urban café milieus, even though many still long for silent spaces. The staff should listen to the sounds of their library and the feedback from the customers and carry out concrete, often quite small measures to achieve a more pleasant soundscape.