Two major security enhancements have been made to the Library in the past eighteen months. New security cameras were installed in the Library Annex. The number of cameras in the Annex were increased. Security cameras are now monitored by Central Security's Monitoring Services. Monitoring Services provides 24 hour video surveillance and recording through their state-of-the-art monitoring center. Central Security is a division of UMTC's Department of Public Safety.
UMD Library staff no longer have direct access to information captured by security cameras. Campus police request images from Monitoring Services when needed.
Twenty-six security cameras will be added to the main Library building during the winter break.
Central Security also provides monitoring of building card access systems. As of this month, all library emergency doors and external entrances (e.g., doors that lead into the library from public concourses) have electronic door alarms. Whenever an alarmed door is opened without the use of a card access device (key, fob, or card) an alarm goes off at Monitoring Services. Monitoring Services then calls either the Library Circulation Desk or Campus Police depending on if the building is open or not.
A call tree, a prioritized list of phone numbers based on the Library's operating hours, was communicted to Monitoring Services this week. Monitoring Services moves down the call tree until they connect with a person. Campus Police are contacted after Monitoring Services tries all numbers on the call tree. If Campus Police receive a call they respond by coming to the Library.
Library staff or Campus Police have to reset the annunciator panel at the base of the main stairwell and then check the door that was breeched. It is possible Campus Police will be in the Library building more frequently, especially as we refine our call tree. The call tree will be shared with Circuation and Administration staff.