May 28, 2022

Oregon: “Multnomah County Library to Hire Security Manager in Response to Rising Rate of Incidents”

From The Oregonian:

The Multnomah County Library, with its mission to be a haven for everyone, for years has resisted following other urban libraries in ramping up security. But when windows at downtown Portland’s Central Library are broken twice in a single week, something has to change.

That’s the story Central Library director Dave Ratliff told this week , when he asked the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners for permission to hire a safety and security manager for the library system.


The library system’s current security protocols rely on a set of behavior rules in place for all patrons. Staff have the authority to ban people from using the library if they break the rules. A violation can constitute anything from being disruptive, to engaging in illegal behavior or being violent. Ratliff said violations are becoming more frequent, and more severe.

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Video: View Portion of  County Board of Commissioners Meeting Where the Position is Discussed

Primary Docs: Budget Modification Document For Position (PDF)

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