In developing policies, libraries must follow the firearms laws not only for their state, but also their local jurisdiction. In addition, some local laws list "no carry" exceptions, which may include schools or college campuses, but not public libraries. The resources listed here are for specific jurisdictions and are provided as samples or suggestions for points to be included in a locally-developed policy.
Library work is really all about people. And the inclusive, welcoming nature of the library means that all kinds of people pass through its doors. This is a no-nonsense guide intended to empower library staff in their personal security and give them the tools to confidently communicate with their colleagues, patrons, and members of law enforcement regarding inappropriate behavior. Includes a library security survey checklist.
Libraries need to be open and inviting, yet safe for patrons, staff, and collections. How can you ensure your library is both accessible and secure? Security planning, part of disaster response and continuous operations planning, is the key to proactively addressing potential safety issues.
Description of program in which Pikes Peak (CO) Library District collaborated with the Colorado Springs Police Department on dramatic active shooter enactments in two libraries. PPLD staff developed the script and acted out parts, CSPD responded in SWAT uniforms and gear, and employees watched and debriefed to become better informed about active shooter protocols.