There's a purse using this computer, and a stack of books and a Pepsi using the one in the corner....
March 5, 2012 12:45 PM Subscribe
Thanks to everyone's help, I've taken steps towards creating a more welcoming hospital library
. Now help me discourage library users from leaving their stuff at the computers all day - in the least passive-aggressive way possible.
I work in a small hospital library that is increasingly busy. We have 10 computers, which is usually sufficient to meet demand. Yet some library users have taken to leaving their bags, books, and other belongings at a computer and then leaving for some length of time (sometimes 6-8 hours+). Which means I get to move people's belongings and deal with the occasional fallout. How can I politely discourage users from doing leaving their stuff around without making people feel unwelcome in the library?
The small, close-knit, rural nature of our location means that everyone feels safe leaving their belongings around. So appeals to "protect your stuff" from theft will produce only laughter.
I'll communicate with folks face-to-face as much as possible, but I'd like some kind of sign to promote this message when the library is unstaffed (all weekend, between 5 pm and 8:00 am during the week, my vacation). Wording suggestions are particularly welcome.
I don't want to be the stereotypical passive-aggressive librarian here! Hivemind, please help!