A Guide to Library Noise Levels and Etiquette

It’s 10:32 p.m. and while you’ve been working for six hours already, you know that you’re going to be sitting in the same graffiti-ridden carrel until the staff has to physically force you out. It’s bad enough that you’re in this situation in the first place, but to add insult to punishment, there is someone on the phone in the carrel next to yours. Do you say something? Do you passive-aggressively move while shooting them a dirty look? Fear not, Kenyonites, for here is a guide to noise, your tolerance for it and what to do when you encounter it delivered to you in a series of handy graphs:


Your tolerance increases during the final stretch, since any form of human activity becomes important and precious as you feel your own humanity slowly slipping away.

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