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Q. Could you replace the hand dryers with paper towels?

Answered By: Ewan McCubbin
Last Updated: May 30, 2018     Views: 60

Thanks for taking the time to fill in a Library comments card earlier this week about the hand dryers in the toilets.

I quite agree – they are far too loud, particularly when we’re busy (which is most of the time of course!) and especially in the silent study areas.  It’s something we’ve struggled with since they were installed 6 years ago when the Library was refurbished.  The fundamental problem is the proximity of the toilets to where students are studying, given how small the building is.  Other libraries often have their toilets in stairwell areas or much further away from study seats, so the volume of the dryers is far less of a problem.

I have actually been speaking to Estates about this in the last week and they have found another model of dryer which they think is a bit quieter.  They will shortly be installing one of these in the female toilets on Level 3.  Tests will be carried out to assess if the decibels are lower and if this is successful, we’ll need to see if we can find the funding to replace other dryers in the building.

I’m afraid there are no plans to put paper towels in the toilets instead of hand dryers.  Apart from the environmental impact, just containing and servicing a large volume of paper towel waste in such small toilets would need more space and more cleaning staff than we have.

I hope this helps answer your question.

Best wishes

Ewan McCubbin

Assistant Director (Public Services & Communications)

November 2017