SECURITY-001: Staff

The Library contracts with a local security agency to provide support services for staff, patrons and property. Security staff abide by all Library policies. Security staff report to the Director.

Revision Date(s): 10/15/2019
Latest Reviewed & Approved Date: 10/15/2019


SECURITY-002: Lawful Library Use

The Library endorses the views of ALA – Privacy – An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights:
“All users have a right to be free from any unreasonable intrusion into or surveillance of their lawful Library use.”

Users may conduct only legal activity while using Library resources and services. Nothing in this statement prevents the Library from exercising its right to enforce rules of behavior, protect its facilities and equipment from harm, or prevent the user of the Library facilities and equipment for illegal purposes. Staff is authorized to take immediate action to protect the security of Library users, staff, facilities, computers and the network. This includes contacting law enforcement authorities and providing information that may identify the individuals perpetrating a crime or a violation of Library use policies.

Revision Date(s): 10/15/2019
Latest Reviewed & Approved Date: 10/15/2019


SECURITY-003: Camera System

SPL strives to maintain a safe and secure environment for staff and patrons. The Library premises are equipped with a security camera system that is used for the protection and safety of all. The system is used for the safety of patrons, employees, property and to assist law enforcement. Security cameras are used when there are situations regarding the lawful use of Salina Public Library, lawful conduct towards others or Library property.

The Director, security staff and designated Library staff are authorized to access and operate the system. The Director will authorize the release of information to law enforcement as deemed appropriate. In an emergency situation, security staff or a designated staff member may be authorized to release information.

Revision Date(s): 10/15/2019
Latest Reviewed & Approved Date: 10/15/2019


SECURITY-004: Alarms

When an alarm sounds on the Library security system, security and Library staff will respond. They will ask the patron to step back to the desk and follow procedures to find the cause of the alarm. Staff may try desensitizing the material again and/or handing each item through the security gates individually. If theft is suspected, the security guard will take appropriation action. If the patron does not cooperate and leaves the building, security or Library staff will call 911 and report a possible theft of Library materials to the police. If staff or the security guard do not find the item that set off the gate, or the cause of the alarm, they should make a judgment to note the alarm in the patron’s account or to call the police about a suspected theft.

Revision Date(s): 10/15/2019
Latest Reviewed & Approved Date: 10/15/2019