Three people have been BANNED from Europe’s biggest public library for being too SMELLY.
The readers were stopped from browsing the shelves at the £189 million landmark building in Birmingham because of “personal hygiene issues”.
Another two people have been barred for indecent exposure while three were excluded for aggressive behaviour towards staff.
The new figures show that workers across all of Birmingham’s community libraries have been subjected to 46 separate physical or verbal attacks.
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Brian Gambles, Director of the Library of Birmingham said: “The Library of Birmingham is a very busy public building and well over three million people have visited since we opened in September 2013.
“The vast majority of our visitors show great respect for our wonderful building, staff and other visitors.
“It is therefore extremely rare that we have to take the step of excluding someone from the building.
“It is something we do only as a last resort, usually when someone is contravening library by-laws, and they are behaving in a way that has become intolerable, or even dangerous, for other visitors or staff.”
Earlier this month it emerged more than half of the staff at the new library are to be made redundant as part of plans to cut £117million from Birmingham City Council’s budget.
Opening times are also set to be slashed from 70 hours a week to just 40.
The Library of Birmingham was officially opened by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafza in September last year.
It contains around a million books, access to a vast film and television archive belonging to the British Film Institute and is also the new home of the second largest repository of Shakespeare’s works in the world.