Plot Thickens for Library Security, Safety

Plot Thickens for Library Security, Safety

One of Eau Claire’s library managers says the homeless problem at the city’s public library has become something that they need a security guard to deal with.

City council members heard from library leaders this week and part of that information included the recent uptick in problems with homeless people either falling asleep, causing disturbances and issues at the library. He says in one shift he had to call the police five times. Eau Claire library managers say the library welcomes everyone, and they don’t want to turn anyone away, but the library is going to hire a full-time security guard.

A study last year said hiring a security guard for the library would cost over 70-thousand dollars, a vote to spend that money will come next month.

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