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Library patrons who talk loudly, speak on cellphones could face ban in Newport Beach

December 25, 2010 |  1:31 pm

Newport Beach is considering new rules for its libraries that would bar patrons who talk loudly or use cellphones. Librarians want new regulations that allow them to discipline unruly patrons, and the Board of Library Trustees gave them the go-ahead Tuesday to draft penalties.

"We want to maintain the environment so people can enjoy the library," said Tim Hetherton, library services manager. "At the same time, we want to make sure we're not abusing anyone's rights."

As the current code of conduct stands, librarians can ask someone to leave the building if he or she violates the rules, but that's their only remedy.

Other U.S. libraries sometimes define escalating penalties for breaking their rules. Pomona has a strict policy outlining which violations would allow for permanent exclusion or even criminal prosecution.

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--Mike Reicher, Times Community News