I could also have titled this post "Should Libraries be Quiet...Part 2." And no, I haven't visited this library, though I'd like to.
Today I chanced upon a library with a unique approach to silent study areas. I was reading in the NYT about an architect, Shigeru Ban, this year's winner of the prestigious Pritzker Prize. He has a unique approach to materials and an apparent social conscience...see the article here:
There was also mention of some of his more "traditional" projects, including this university library. Those mushroom-shaped study areas are anything but traditional, IMO.
I couldn't find a way to post separate pictures; the best views of the "pods" are toward the end.