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Newport Beach bans lounging at libraries

July 12, 2012 |  9:47 am

The City Council expanded the list of the Newport Beach public libraries' prohibited behaviors this week.

People will have to lock their shopping carts and bikes up to bike racks outside the facilities and stop lounging on the furniture inside under the rules the council passed Tuesday.

The Newport Beach Public Library system has more than 1 million annual visitors in a city of about 85,000 people. With some of the most modern and expansive facilities in the region, the Central Library draws visitors of all stripes.

The new rules do not specifically call out the homeless, but transients often spend the day at the library and leave their belongings within view of the lobby.

No longer will the library allow "lying down on the furniture or propping feet on chairs, sofas or tables," according to the rules.

Patrons have complained about people taking up multiple seats, according to a staff report, and about bikes and shopping carts parked next to the main entrance.

Some of the bikes and carts damage the building's granite walls and plants, the report says.

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--Mike Reicher, Times Community News

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