I like to study in the atrium and 4th floor of the Wilson wing. While I understand that the atrium is not exactly a silent area, it is so distracting when tours come through and the tour guide is literally shouting and people on the tour are taking pictures with flashes. Sometimes I can hear them shouting from the 4th floor as well. I know that tours are important but is it necessary for them to shout while the atrium is full of people working?
Thank you for your comments on noise in the atrium. You are right, the atrium is not the place for quiet study, nor is anywhere in the Wilson wing because of the ambient noise. Just today, we established a policy to designate floors 6, 7 and 8 of the Reynolds wing to be “Quiet Study.” We will begin putting up signs to that effect this summer. We can also talk to the Admissions staff about asking the tour guides not to “shout” while they are giving tours in the atrium.
Thanks for caring enough to write.