Saturday, March 10, 2018
I agree with the other poster, that many staff here don't try to be quiet, nor expect users to be quiet. Some of the guys behind the desk speak VERY LOUD! It's a library - doesn't that mean something? I've seen kids in here running (rules say running is against the rules) and yelling in the main entryway and by computers/dvds, and staff just ignore it. So it teaches the kids and their parents making noise and running around in the library is an acceptable thing to do?
Recently 'QUIET' signs were put in the reading room - just that one word on the sign. So some users I guess think as long as they're not yelling - they're being okay? People in there talking, audibly texting on their cellphones, watching videos w/o wearing headsets. They don't like it when I say something to them, and I dislike asking staff for help as since some staff are fine with the noise, they don't care about saying something to them. But also, thank you for putting the 'QUIET' signs in there, I'm sure it makes some difference - they just could be more specific.
And it's in the library rules that - "CELL PHONE RINGERS MUST BE SILENCED AND CELL PHONE SET TO VIBRATE' but that NEVER gets enforced. Remove it from library policy if you're not going to enforce it. Or put up signs around the library, including at every computer terminal, I've seen other libraries do that. But as long as you don't enforce it, people are going to think it's fine to let their cell phones ring in the library.
Newport library is VERY strict about not allowing audible cellphone usage - not even talking on cellphone except in designated areas - both the security staff and the librarians will say something right away, so patrons know it's not tolerated - thank you Newport library!
Other than the noise - it's a very good library, most staff are nice and the selections are real good. Kept clean, great location and parking always available.
I do wish they had color printers available for an additional price.