Replacing noisy hand driers with paper towels in the University Library


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Replacing noisy hand driers with paper towels in the University Library

Replacing the hand dryers currently present in bathrooms in the Library across all floors, or at least the Third/Silent Floor, with paper towel dispensers is not only a low-cost and more energy-friendly solution but would also help reduce the amount of noise produced in the building given the student traffic.

On the quiet floor, for instance, the sound of the hand dryers can be heard from the opposite end of the room with both doors closed shut, possibly disturbing students trying to work in silence. Additionally, a number of recent experimental studies have highlighted the bacteria thrown out by hand dryers versus the relative good hygiene of using paper towels to dry one's hands completely.

With quiet spaces often viewed as sacred and in short supply, the simple change could benefit students trying to study in silence, save the university money to provide more value elsewhere and help reduce the spread of germs. This idea could also be expanded to other university spaces, while the library should be considered a priority.

Submitted by Peter Goudie

1 Comment(s)

Madison Rout

i never really hear it on 1st and 2nd unless its 4am, but 3rd floor its annoying so maybe just get rid on 3rd?