Safety and Security

Safety and Security


ACRL/RBMS Guidelines Regarding Security and Theft in Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS), Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL, a division of ALA), last modified October 5, 2009, accessed March 12, 2013.

Library Materials Security (PDF)The following information was collected by Claudine Perrault, Director of the Estes Park Public Library, regarding a set of questions posted to Libnet on February 22, 2006, LRS Field Initiated Studies, Library Research Service: Research and Statistics about Libraries, March 31, 2006 (accessed March 12, 2013).

Library Security Guidelines (PDF), Safety & Security of Library Buildings Committee, Building and Equipment Section, Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA, a division of ALA), last modified June 27, 2010, accessed March 12, 2013.

Map Collection Security Guidelines (PDF), Electronic Publication Series no.8, MAGERT Task Force on Library Security for Cartographic Resources, ALA Map and Geography Round Table, June 2010 (accessed March 12, 2013).

McComb, Mark. Library Security (DOC) - Library Security (PDF). Libris Design Planning Documentation, The Libris Design Project, 2004 (accessed March 12, 2013).



Barclay, Donald A, and Eric D. Scott. The Library Renovation, Maintenance, and Construction Handbook. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2011. NOTE: See Chapter 7. Library Security and Safety in Building Design and Construction, pp. 133-150, which, as described in the Preface, "examines a variety of threats to safety and security and describes how building design, coupled with staff training, can be used to ameliorate threats to library users, staff, collections, and equipment."

Graham, Warren D. The Black Belt Librarian: Real-World Safety & Security. Chicago: American Library Association, 2012.

Heritage Preservation. Field Guide to Emergency Response: A Vital Tool for Cultural Institutions - Instructional DVD Included. Washington, DC: Heritage Preservation, 2006.

Hilyard, Nann Blaine. "Dealing with Problem Behavior in the Library (PDF)." Public Libraries, v. 46, no. 5, Sept.-Oct. 2007, p. 21-33. Eight perspectives.

Kaehr, Robert E. "What do Meatpackers and Librarians have in Common? Library Related Injuries and Possible Solutions." Teacher Librarian December 2008, p. 39-42

Kahn, Miriam B. The Library Security and Safety Guide to Prevention, Planning, and Response. Chicago: American Library Association, 2007.

---. Disaster Response and Planning for Libraries, Third Edition. Chicago: American Library Association, 2012.

---. Protecting Your Library's Digital Sources: The Essential Guide to Planning and Preservation. Chicago: American Library Association, 2004.

Rubin, Rhea J. Defusing the Angry Patron, Second Edition: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers Inc, 2011.

Thenell, Jan. The Library's Crisis Communications Planner: A PR Guide for Handling Every Emergency. Chicago: American Library Association, 2004.

Thomas, Marcia L, and Anke Voss. Emergency Response Planning in College Libraries. Chicago: College Library Information Packet Committee, College Libraries Section, Association of College and Research Libraries, 2009.

Wilkie, Everett C., ed. Guide to Security Considerations and Practices for Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collection Libraries. Chicago: Association of College & Research Libraries, 2011.

Wilkinson, Frances C, Linda K. Lewis, and Nancy K. Dennis. Comprehensive Guide to Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2010.


Web Resources

Results of: Advanced Google search for existing public library security policies

Library and Archival Security Resources Directory, RBMS Security Committee, Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL, a division of ALA), accessed March 12, 2013.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Department of Labor


Security for Computer Networks

A Sample Security Policy from Computer and Network Security in Small Libraries (C.N.S.S.L.): A Guide for Planning of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission