"Can You Hear Me Now?"
It's a cultural norm that libraries are relatively quiet zones, at least here in the States. So I can forgive those who are new to public libraries, I have had to explain how the library works to several people who registered for their first library cards --- "No, it is for free (I know, I know, nothing is for free, but I don't have the time to give them the whole economics spiel)... You have to bring back the books..." Most individuals know that it isn't "proper" to yell/talk loudly/carry a 20 minute conversation on your cell about what you had for breakfast. Now libraries have adapted with the times; I'm sure back in the day there were signs that asked patrons to set their beepers to vibrate and now the signs ask to silence cell phones. But who the hell am I kidding, who reads signs in the library anyways, not like any of them are into reading!??!
You still get the inconsiderate patrons who DON'T silence their ringers and who still hold loud conversations. I will also give a temporary library pass to those not who are technologically challenged. There are some patrons who do not know how to lower their ringer and you see them struggling with their phones pushing every single button BUT the right one. Then when the call goes to voice mail, they look at you apologetically and mouth, "I'm sorry." You also get those patrons who think they hit the button to lower their volume but they end up having a conversation through speakerphone for all the library to hear.
Taking your conversations to the stacks does not make the matter any better. You cannot use the shelves as a form of sound deadening, they are not acoustically tuned to block out your incessant chattering. It's even worse when they're blabbing on their phone while attempting to checking out. They realize they have a fee and you're trying to explain to them what's overdue, how much is owed, when materials are due back, but they still insist on multitasking. HANG UP THE DAMN PHONE. A one minute transaction ends up taking 5 minutes. Stop wasting everyone's time, I'm sure the other person on the line can live for a minute or two without the digital umbilical cord.
Ringtone context also does not matter. I don't care if you have one of the latest "Top 50" crap they play back to back on the radio as your ringtone, no one wants to hear it in the library. That goes the same for the "sophisticated" types with your classical ringtone in MIDI format. No offense to Beethoven or his 5th Symphony, but your highly refined taste in music does not make it acceptable to have it blaring from the Blackberry on your hip. Yeah, even nature ringtones are annoying, nobody enjoys the sounds of crickets... nobody.