Security guards at Central Library to tackle anti-social behaviour

Central Library on George IV Bridge.
Central Library on George IV Bridge.
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SECURITY guards have been drafted in at Edinburgh’s Central Library to tackle anti-social behaviour, with drunks even reported to be sleeping on desks.

The George IV Bridge library is open and free to use to all but users have reported concerns over drunks abusing staff, and an alleged assault earlier this month led to a 38-year-old man appearing in court.

Library users at the Central Library have said that anti-social behaviour has been on the up in recent months.

They have even claimed that some customers have begun to avoid it all together as a result of the regular disruptions.

One student said: “It was pretty bad, they were coming in just for a sleep.

“It was intimidating for people studying and the staff shouldn’t have to deal with the rowdy drunks looking some somewhere out of the rain.”

The city council said that the library was the first of the 28 under their management which has required security staff on the door.

A spokeswoman said: “In response to an isolated incident at the library recently, security measures have been brought in to reassure staff and customers and to promote a positive use of the library.”

A spokesman for Police Scotland said they were called to the library on March 5 over an incident involving allegations of assault.

He said: “Police in Edinburgh were called to a business premises on George IV Bridge at around 2.40pm on March 5.

“A 38 year-old man was arrested for the assault of a man, also aged 38.

“He appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on March 7.”