As someone who would prefer to work in the library than at home, when I noticed the new "noise zones" at the start of this term, I thought this would be an improvement for the library, but I have so far been sorely disappointed.
It is impossible to use a computer in the library, even in the yellow zone, without having to hear other people's inane conversations, or having as I did yesterday, three people crowded round me and leaning on my chair, to talk to their friend who was sitting next to me.
As for the red zone, it seems that a sizeable minority of students simply do not understand the meaning of "silent". There is always, without failure, a group of people talking, someone on a mobile phone, people wandering up for a chat; I've even seen people talking on Skype! I've found the "silent room" no better, with people continually wandering out to chat to their friends, then coming back in, and so on. And I have never seen anyone asked to be quiet, except by other exasperated students. Additionally, it may be beneficial to have a "silent; no laptops" area, as working whilst someone is bashing away on a keyboard, or hearing that infernal "Welcome to Windows Vista" tune time after time, I find to be nigh on impossible.
I really am disappointed with the state of the library; it's yet another example of how the facilities on QC are woefully inadequate. I would have expected better from a campus which proclaims itself to be part of Durham University. Please, please, please, can we have a properly silent area to work in? Or at least stick a couple of drinks machines and sofas in the library, and turn it into a cafe; it might quieten down then.