May 20, 2022

Canada: Security Staff Triples at Calgary’s Central Library

From Metro (Calgary):

A jump in incidents following the floods of 2013 has resulted in an increase of security at Calgary’s Central library.

Officials say during the floods, the closure of the Central Library’s basement created a lack of space and tighter quarters, presenting challenges for both patrons and staff.


Katherine Cormack, with the Calgary Public Library says the increase has taken policing disruptive or abusive patrons from library staff and placed it into the hands of professionals.

“While some of that may sort of just be like water off a duck’s back for a security guard, it may not feel like that to a library staff-member,” Cormack said of a patron who may rude or be breaking library rules.

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See Also: Colorado: “Boulder Police Begin Patrolling Library to Address Criminal Activity, Disruptive Behavior” (January 21, 2015)

See Also: Ohio: Toledo Newspaper Reports on Crime Rate at Area Public Libraries (January 4, 2015)

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