Silence in library takes some searching these days

For those who haven’t been to their local branch for a few years, the idea of a quiet room in a public library may sound redundant. But these days, it’s not so easy to find hushed spaces amid the book stalls.

Yet, even as libraries have become more active and less sedate, library officials discovered that many patrons still longed for a more traditional, less hectic atmosphere. As a result, more and more libraries are offering quiet rooms.