Noise Pollution in Libraries: Impacts, Strategies, and Recommendations

Francis Olawale Abulude, Susan Omolade Ademilua, Arinola Oluwatoyin Gbotoso


This review comprehensively synthesizes existing research on the detrimental cognitive, psychological, and physiological impacts of noise pollution on library patrons, highlighting the lack of a quiet learning environment. It goes beyond existing reviews by offering a detailed framework for developing and implementing a comprehensive noise management plan within libraries. It aims to: Analyze the negative impacts of noise pollution on library users, evaluate the effectiveness of existing noise management strategies, and propose a framework for developing a comprehensive noise management plan for libraries. The article reveals substantial evidence demonstrating the negative effects of noise pollution on individuals' cognitive function, psychological well-being, and physiological responses, ultimately impacting academic performance and user satisfaction. Additionally, it critically analyzes existing noise management strategies, acknowledging their limitations and potential effectiveness. Libraries must prioritize noise management as a critical aspect of maintaining a conducive learning environment. This review proposes a framework with specific steps for creating a comprehensive noise management plan, emphasizing analysis, solution implementation, evaluation, and refinement based on user feedback. Libraries should implement evidence-based noise management strategies, invest in soundproofing, promote responsible behavior, collaborate with stakeholders, and continuously monitor and refine their noise management efforts.


Cognitive impacts; Learning environment; Libraries; Noise pollution; Psychological impacts

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