The role of libraries has transformed over the last few decades. It's more than a physical and digital collection of different academic resources. The studying space in libraries has become one of the most important resources, especially for students. As a result, it is very important for a library to provide a comfortable environment for its users. As more and more people are using the library, noise has become an issue.
The purpose of this project is to build an interactive noise reducing system, which aims to address the noise issue in the library and therefore improve the user experience of the Glucksman library at the University of Limerick.
The system consists of three parts. The first part is a noise detecting device that would reflect the noise level of the area that itís located in. Multiple devices could be placed in different areas in the library. The second part is a button that allows users of the library to complain about the noise in that area. The button will trigger a program to send a signal to the management of the library, which functions as a notification for the librarians about the problems in the library. The third part of the system is a public display that visualizes data collected from the noise detecting devices and the button. On one hand, the display shows the data about the noise in the library and give suggestion to users about choosing their seating areas. On the other hand, more importantly, librarians could use these data to identify the flaws in the arrangement of the library, which could help improve the user experience of the library.