So the classical music didn't work, then.
Marlborough District Libraries has tried very hard to reduce the antisocial behaviour that has been common outside the Blenheim library.
The place has long been a popular spot for people to congregate, meeting mates and watching the world go by.
But behaviour outside the Arthur St building has deteriorated to such a point that complaints of intimidation and drug activity have been made by staff to library management. And if the staff are taking flak, you can bet that library users are on the receiving end of some of the bad behaviour as well.
At times, it can feel like running the gauntlet to get inside the library. There is swearing and, as the nature of the complaints show, some people may feel threatened, particularly older people.
It's not behaviour anyone should have to put up with.
No-one is suggesting that the youths' presence is putting people off using the library – not yet, anyway. But the disorder can't be tolerated, and library management and the police have worked hard to address the issue.
Various methods have been tried to tone down the atmosphere, including getting rid of a wall that used to hide activities, and playing classical music to discourage troublemakers.
The police are keen for young people not to be branded the main problem, but it is mainly youth who seem to hang around out there.
The irony is that the library bends over backwards to make itself as welcoming to as many people as possible. It's an inviting place with friendly, helpful people. That image can't be compromised by disorder at its front door.
The problem has come to the fore again during the school holidays. Hopefully, it will disappear next week as schools return.
But it needs careful monitoring. In the past, fights have broken out in the area, and that sort of scenario can't be tolerated.
There is one answer, and it's probably a solution the library management and staff have tried – those outside going inside.
- The Marlborough Express