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Libraries should return to the sound of silence

Published 24/06/2016

I am surprised at Wilson Burgess (Write Back, June 17) criticising libraries for not having enough computer technology.

In the past, entering a library was to step from the harassment and noise of the outside world into an oasis of calmness and silence.

Everywhere we go these days, there seems to be the constant, irritating rattle of fingers on keyboard. Now, even the tranquillity of the library is being polluted with this sound - a sound which (to paraphrase Louis MacNeice) deadens and endures.

Can those who want to play with computers not go elsewhere, so that libraries can continue to be places of sanctuary, where we can enjoy the pleasure of reading books in an ambience of peace and quiet?

Sam DUNN

Carrickfergus, Co Antrim

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