I have witnessed really bad behaviours coming from the young public in some libraries in a major city. The staff did not show real ability to manage the situation and chose to temporally close the library. This has happened a few times now over a period of months and no progress so far. The same individuals come back aged 10 to 14 (living literally next door) and commit further outrage: disrespect to social rules as how to best use libraries (no food, no drinks, no ball games, no fireworks...) bad language, insult to staff. It even turned into a gang battle once inside the library. They now started using staff cars as an object of revenge, removing caps on wheels and pulling aerials. But what worries me is the obviously inadequate measures that the council/staff are taking (or rather lack of measures). Closing the libraries is one thing, they should also give clear instructions to all staff coming to the libraries in question, identify the individuals that cause havoc and also give them clear instructions as to what will happen if they choose to carry on behaving the way they do. At this point in time, it seems to me that the staff is just hoping they can get away from the issue by the end of their day and that all of them just wait and see if the matter gets worse with a truly gruesome incident before they really have to take a more drastic measure, which at the moment they have no balls to take. Libraries are public places. They should be safe and people should be able to enjoy going there. Just like schools are meant for learning without a handful of individuals to spoil it all for others. Has our society got the wrong attitude with discipline and young people I wonder? some young people (often the most vulnerable) certainly can pick up that one and give everyone a ride.