And it is a sick place as well. More people disturb what little silence there is with coughs, colds, nasty clearing of throats and just being plain noisy. Do they have to drop all they have and then proceed to sit with THAT much noise! GEE! People are like busy hamsters in the library. No soft, gentle, quiet moves.
Kids! Parents to not teach their kids to be quiet in the library. Little elementary kids laugh with wild abandon and talk to their siblings like they are at home. Stay at home moms bring in crying infants and stay at least for 30-40 minutes worth of crying.
No! The library is not what it used to be and I do not see any way for it to go back. It is a social place now. Its' quiet reverence lost never to be regained.