May 23, 2022

Hawaii’s Public Library System Requests State Funding For Security Guards in All Libraries


The Hawaii State Public Library System is asking lawmakers for money to hire more security guards. If approved, all 50 public libraries statewide would have at least one security guard on duty during regular business hours.


If the library system’s $387,000 budget request passes, there will be guards at every library in the state.


Marya Zoller, Hawaii State Library director, says it’s all about keeping people that visit the library safe.

“It’s very helpful like when we have trespassing incidents, mostly just people being extremely disruptive and just not willing to comply with our request to calm down or to stop trying to punch the other guy,” Zoller explained.

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