This study investigates the acoustic conditions of public libraries in metropolitan Melbourne using objective measurements and subjective assessment.
Partner: RMIT University (2016)
Contemporary public libraries play an important role in the modern society as centres providing knowledge and access to information. These facilities have experienced huge increase in the usage recently as they have been developed as multipurpose facilities in order to adapt to the changes in information, technologies and social development. Quiet study and reading areas with good acoustic conditions are important for concentrated learning and work. This study investigates the acoustics conditions of public libraries in metropolitan Melbourne using objective measurements and subjective assessment. Objective measurements include sound pressure levels, reverberation time and speech intelligibility. Subjective measurements involve surveying occupants with the use of psychoacoustic questionnaires to evaluate user perceptions about the acoustics.
Researchers: Associate Professor Priya Rajagopalan, Dr Jin Woo, Mr Andrew Carre