Thank you for your feedback. The Library’s leadership recognizes the growing sense of frustration among some patrons in response to the presence of non-affiliated users in the building. The Library is open to the public as a state-funded and supported institution on a public university campus, but that access does not allow individuals to create an unsafe or insecure environment, or disrupt operations.
Library staff have been instructed to be vigilant about disruptions, and we will act accordingly. It is also essential that we do this in partnership with you, our users. When you see something that concerns you, say something to our staff immediately so that we can respond. Users are also welcome to reach out directly to the Police by calling 303-724-4444 to report disruptive or inappropriate behaviors. The Police have committed to responding.
In instances where non-affiliated individuals have attempted to gain access to the building at times other than when we are open to the public, it is critical that users NOT extend that access and immediately report the incident. It is also critical that the Police be called immediately if users see someone in the building after hours who is not a CU Anschutz student, staff or faculty member. Such individuals are expected to wear and/or have on them their campus ID badge.
If any situation makes you feel uncomfortable or concerned for your safety, remove yourself and advise Library staff or call the Police immediately at 303-724-4444. Please note that there are yellow “panic button” devices located on walls throughout the building and red emergency phones located near the restrooms on all floors which may be used to alert the Police, Library staff and others to any safety concerns.
The Library’s leadership is working closely with leaders in the Police Dept., Legal Affairs, Chancellor’s Office, and Facilities, among other units, to propose recommendations for campus leadership’s consideration in response to the increased use of campus facilities by non-affiliated users, noting that this is a campus-wide issue that is not limited to the Library building.
If you would like to discuss this further, please feel free to contact us directly.
Melissa De Santis
firstname.lastname@example.org or (303) 724-1748.
Head of Access
Douglas.stehle@ucdenver,edu or 303-724-2139