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Safety in public spaces, including libraries, has always been a concern, but may be more keenly felt in light of certain recent events. A productive and effective library is one in which its staff and patrons feel secure.
Icon of a security badge with text that reads Safety and Security in Libraries"Today, more than ever, security in your library is every staff member’s responsibility. Even in libraries with a security force, officers can only be in one place at a time—it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure a safe environment for the public, the staff and the collections." - ALA/LLAMA Library Security Guidelines, 2010


This resource guide contains multiple resources - and reference to other ALA LibGuides - for creating safety and security policies for libraries of all types and sizes. 

ALA Online Learning

Related LibGuides

Guidelines for Library Security

Books on Library Safety and Security