Why isn’t there a rule against using cell phones in the library? More than once I have been annoyed to the point that I can’t concentrate on my work because of constant loud talking by people sitting around me or walking by using their phones. Even a designated area for people to talk on their cells would be better than it is now.
We have gone round and round about cell phones and whether a policy would help police the inconsiderate folks talking loudly on their phones. We've decided, though, that the problem is the loudness and not the fact that they are on a phone, and that we should approach the problem as a noise issue. We expect everyone to be conscious of their voices in the library, whether it's someone on a phone, parents with noisy children, friends socializing, or even our staff. Although we don't expect people to whisper here, we do expect that people will be considerate of others around them. If someone is being too loud, we encourage others to ask them to lower their voices. If you aren't comfortable doing that, let one of our staff know, and we will talk with the loud person.