Forget About That Ssshhh...No Sleeping in the Library

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 12/29/2008 - 09:00

Blake Carver (not verified)

Thu, 01/22/2009 - 15:21

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Washington Post reports: New rules have been proposed for D.C. public libraries, including a ban on sleeping and a limit on bringing in bags, in what library officials called an effort to make the system more welcoming.

But Mary Ann Luby, an advocate for the homeless, said the bag and sleeping rules "are going to be hard on people." Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper said she expected the new rules to take effect Feb. 1 at the Martin Luther King Jr. library downtown and at the system's branches.

"Everyone is still welcome," she said, adding that she expected the homeless to use the libraries and hoped "lots of other people do, too" (i.e., maybe not a preponderance of the homeless?)