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by Luke Rose

Students at Deakin University Burwood have been subjected to trying conditions during the current semester. With limited parking, ongoing construction and the dreaded fire alarm tests, students would be forgiven for confusing their university with a busy construction site on the streets of Melbourne.

The constant addition of new buildings and improvements to the facilities at Burwood are wreaking havoc on the students’ experience of attending a world class tertiary institution. For the past three weeks construction and maintenance have been carried out within the Burwood library, causing much discomfort for students using the library as a place of peace and quiet to potentially study for this semester’s upcoming exams.

The testing of the library fire alarm appears to be a point of great contention with students experiencing periodical fire alarm testing; consisting of an extremely loud and long alarm ringing and growing in intensity, making it near impossible to hear the thoughts in your head let alone the music from your iPod.

With the fire alarm has also come the addition of some rearrangement of the ground level of the library. Shelves are moved and the drowning sounds of drills, saws and even nail guns resonate around the library removing the peaceful working environment recognised globally by the name of a library.

Its just ridiculous….The fire alarm gets incredibly loud to the point where you can’t even think about study

Students are reporting a general rise in the volume within the library, without the constructions the noise levels have increased; the number of people using the library may have increased, however the majority are using the library as a discussion area rather than a quiet working environment.

A contrast between the University Library of yesteryear against the modern day University Library.

As we move into a modern technological age the concept of the library has changed. The addition of multi-purpose learning areas, improvement of computer facilities and couches arranged to allow discourse; the library has changed, but is it for the better?

Should students be alarmed; will the modern day library overpower the traditional library or will the need for a quiet working environment prevail?

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