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CULC Releases Safety & Security Toolkit for Public Libraries

CULC Releases Safety & Security Toolkit for Public Libraries

February 17, 2024

The Safety and Security Working Group of the Canadian Urban Libraries Council / Conseil des Bibliothèques Urbaines du Canada (CULC/CBUC) announces the release of a Safety and Security Toolkit to help public libraries more effectively manage and respond to safety and security incidents.

Across Canada, socio-economic forces are increasing the frequency and intensity of security incidents in public spaces, including public libraries. Despite being a small percentage of customer interactions, these incidents can significantly impact employees’ sense of safety and public perceptions of libraries as safe, welcoming, and accessible spaces.

Access the toolkit today at This resource offers a menu of ideas libraries can explore while considering the nuances of their community, staff, and library systems.

Toolkit Overview

Sections in the Toolkit focus on:

  • Patron Expectations
  • Suspensions & Other Consequences
  • Safety and Security Tools & Strategies
  • Space Design
  • Health & Wellness
  • Training & Professional Development
  • Community Resources & Initiatives
  • Incident Tracking & Reporting
  • Recruitment
  • Legal Considerations
  • Advocacy

Each section is structured to include:

  • why the section is relevant;
  • where the section “fits” in the library journey;
  • key considerations;
  • and examples and templates.

(Via Canadian Urban Libraries Council)

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