Order is called in Norfolk’s libraries
As someone who grew up in Norfolk and enjoyed my local library in King's Lynn (particularly their numerous copies of the Narnia series!) I read with interest a BBC news article about a group set up by Norfolk County Council to look at conduct and etiquette in their libraries. I thought at first it was following on from the recent discussions about there being too much noise in libraries but it seems to be a very sensible idea to ensure all users respect library facilities, thus making libraries safe and enjoyable for all.
Norfolk has certainly modernised its libraries since I left home in 1996. For example, The Forum in Norwich has a wonderful library as well as the BBC, community learning organisations and event space, tourist and council information and a Pizza Express and coffee shop. All of this tempted my brother into a library for the first time in more than a decade. He now takes his three children there on a regular basis.
Will a code of conduct help improve behavioural standards in libraries? Has anyone already implemented a code of conduct – with positive or negative results?