LIBRARIES in the Cumberland district have been issuing bans for abusive behaviour and people viewing indecent images, it has been revealed.

A Freedom of Information request to Cumberland Council, submitted by the News & Star, has detailed accounts of bans issued from 2021 through 2024 to date. 

A total of eleven library bans have been issued since the beginning of 2021. 


July 19 – Cleator Moor Library: Four individuals were banned for engaging in anti-social behavior.


March 9 – Carlisle Library: One person was banned for abusive behavior.

November 14 – Carlisle Library: Viewing inappropriate images on a laptop led to a ban.

December 1 – Carlisle Library: Another incident of unreasonable behavior resulted in a ban.

July 12 – Workington Library: One person banned for PC and internet misuse.

August 14 – Millom Library: One individual banned for abusive and inappropriate behavior.


June 10 – Cockermouth Library Link: One person was banned for PC and internet misuse.

August 22 – Carlisle Library: Abusive behavior led to another ban.


As of mid-2024, no new bans have been reported.

The figures reflect both the challenges faced by library staff and the steps taken to maintain a safe and welcoming atmosphere for all patrons.

A spokesperson from Cumberland Council said: "At Cumberland Libraries, we prioritise excellent customer service and strive to create a welcoming environment for all.

"Equally important is the safety and wellbeing of our staff.

"To ensure our libraries are safe and enjoyable for everyone, we implement necessary measures and safety protocols.

"This commitment helps us maintain a positive and secure space for both library users and staff.”