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Library Opening Process

The library follows opening procedures developed to provide timely access to spaces, services, and resources available in the library building.

Sample Procedures for a
7:30 a.m. opening:

7:15 am

  -- Scheduled library staff arrive to begin their shift

  -- Library staff or student employees turn on the circulation monitors ans computers

  -- Library staff or student employees unlock the media equipment and laptop cabinets

7:30 am

  -- Library staff or student employees unlock the outer front doors but do not unlock the automatic/ADA compliant door.

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Library Closing Process

The library follows closing procedures developed to provide students with adequate notice of pending closure and to ensure their personal safety.

Sample procedures for a midnight closure:

11:00 pm

  -- Staff or student employees walk through the building to inspect all floors for anything out of the ordinary (i.e. related to building damage, ceiling leaks, etc.), and call the Department of Public Safety to report a concern.

11:15 pm

  -- Staff or student employees make the 11:15 closing announcement.  [Inform patrons in study rooms directly because they cannot hear the announcements.]

11:30 pm

  -- Staff or student employees make the 11:30 closing announcement.

  -- Staff or student employees count the patrons in the building and maintain count until closure.

11:45 pm

  -- Staff or student employees make the 11:45 closing announcement.

  -- Staff or student employees lock the outer front doors but do not lock the automatic/ADA compliant door.

  -- Staff or student employees lock the media equipment and laptop cabinets and place keys in cabinet.

  -- Staff or student employees turn off the circulation computers and monitors.

11:55 pm

  -- Staff or student employees make the 11:55 closing announcement.

  -- Staff or student employees check to make sure all patrons have exited the building.

12:00 am

  -- Staff or student employees make the 12:00 closing announcement.

12:10 am

  -- Staff or student employees speak privately to any remaining patrons (see 12:10 announcements).

 

Announcements:

11:15 p.m.

May I have your attention. The Circulation Desk will be closing in 15 minutes. If you have materials to charge out please do so now. Please return your laptop or reserve materials by 11:30 to avoid late fees.  [Inform patrons in study rooms directly because they cannot hear the announcements.]

11:30 p.m.

The Circulation Desk is now closed. The library will be closing at Midnight. Again, the Circulation Desk is now closed.

11:45 p.m.

May I have your attention, please. The library will close in 15 minutes.

11:55 p.m.

The library is in the final stages of closing and we ask that all remaining patrons please exit the building. Again we ask that all patrons please exit the building, the library is now closing.

12:00 midnight

The library is now closed.

12:10 a.m.

The library has been closed for 10 minutes. We must kindly ask you to leave now, as we don’t stay past 12:15. If you haven’t excited the building by 12:15, we have to contact the library dean.

The library’s closing procedures were revised November 26, 2018.