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Kanawha library to limit number of personal items in facilties

The Kanawha County Public Library is gearing up to limit the number of personal items patrons can bring into facilities. (WCHS/WVAH File Photo)

A West Virginia public library system is gearing up to limit the number of personal items patrons can bring into facilities.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that starting Feb. 1, the Kanawha County Public Library system will limit patrons to three bags and will ban all wheeled devices with some exceptions, including wheelchairs and strollers. Library system officials say this policy doesn't target homeless people.

Library System's Director Alan Engelbert said homeless people do bring in numerous personal items, but so do other patrons.

A policy pamphlet says the rules aim to protect the "health, safety and comfort" of library attendees.

The library system's board president, Monika Jaensson, said she believes others from the system have spoken with local shelters to find a place for homeless people to store their baggage.

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