SUPACOUSTIC at the Uni of Sydney Faculty of Law Library

The Role of Acoustics in Libraries

A library is traditionally a place of quiet study, a place where students and lovers of literature go for hours of intensive research or a peaceful read. Today, libraries serve a more diverse purpose, facilitating group discussions, book reading clubs, organisation meetings and literary events.

The challenge is turning the library into a comfortable area that caters for both silent readers and collaborative learners.

Design Challenges in Libraries that Affect Noise Control

Some libraries are designed with high ceilings that amplify soft noises. Others have walls made of highly sound-reflective materials such as glass, brick and wood. Bookshelves that are positioned too closely together and filled to the brim can disrupt the airflow in the room, causing even the softest of sounds to bounce back.

When there is a mix of people who want to read alone and people who want to work in groups, you’d want an environment that absorbs sound rather than intensifies it. Libraries should be able to cater for different studying styles while increasing speech privacy. If the aim is to drown out the noise in the library and help people concentrate on their own learning, acoustic panels are a suitable solution.

Acoustic Solutions

Wall-mounted acoustic panels let people in libraries have their peace and quiet by dampening, softening, and redistributing sounds. Unlike hard, reflective surfaces, acoustic panels can trap and contain sharp sound waves, reducing background noise and minimising echoes. This design encourages social interaction while creating a calm, relaxing ambience.


At Supawood, we carry decorative and high-quality acoustic absorption panels under our Supacoustic range. These lab-certified products guarantee you get the acoustic performance you need. Both stylish and practical, they successfully control noise with an attractive finish that matches many concepts and designs.

Our acoustic panels are created with a unique V-slot technology. The faces of the panels are positioned towards you while the raw timber surface inside is hidden from view. Its sharp aperture design eliminates noise reflection and interference on the sides of the slot, improving overall natural sound absorption. This means you get crisp, clean aesthetics together with high-frequency acoustic performance.

Finishes and Colours

If you want a set of Supacoustic panels that fit your interiors best, you can choose from our collection of finishes and colours:

  • SUPAFINISH (SF) Concept Veneers and Colours

This laminate is available in various timber finishes that complement our panel and beam products.

  • SUPAVENEER (NTV) Natural Timber Veneer

Offered in several timber finishes such as Blackbutt, Midnight Black, Spotted Gum and more.

  • SUPACOLOUR (SCR) Painted Finish

Highly durable satin, high gloss and metallic finishes that you can match with your colour preference.

From decorative acoustic panels to lightweight beams, we carry a vast array of prefabricated products that enhance architectural projects of all kinds. We have a deep passion for inventive and creative solutions; we strive to bring your vision to life.

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