Roswell P. Memorial Library hopes for more security
Security officers, panic buttons and cameras are just some of the added security measures the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library in Watertown is looking at add. It may seem a bit excessive, but YNN's Carmella Mataloni tells us why the staff thinks they would be good to have.
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- Every day, you can find hundreds of people walking in and out of the Flower Memorial Library and after the successful decision to add Sunday hours, the library now hopes to add more security.
"They are actually trying to just be proactive. There have not been any instances where it has caused immediate concern, but they want to be proactive and we certainly understand that," said Roxanne Burns, Flower Library Council Liaison.
Security officers, panic buttons and cameras are just some of the additions librarians and clerks hope to see. According to officials, these security measures are only requests, but it's something they will bring to the council's attention.
"We talked to the city briefly last year and we were urged to get some more information and that is what we are in the process of doing," Stephen Gebo, Library Trustee.
Right now, the library has security systems and an officer who does a daily walk through. Officials say with the high volume of people coming in and out of the library each day, the extra security is needed.
"Flower Memorial Library is a little unique because it’s not just the safety of the employees. It's the safety and integrity of the building because it’s such a gem to our city and it's filled with artifacts that are quite valuable," said Burns.
"It's not like we have no security now, it's just we are looking to make things a little more thorough," said Gebo.
Moving forward, officials are focusing on cost estimates. They say they can use some of the funds library trustees have available, but they may also have to seek some from the city.