The S.E. Wimberly Library will only be accessible by Owl and Panther Card starting on August 15. For the safety of our patrons, we are requiring all students, faculty, and staff to swipe in and out of the Wimberly Library during all operating hours. Visitors will be granted access, as explained below.
“Safety and security for our students is our biggest concern,” said Carol Hixson, Dean of the University Libraries. “The goal was always to have students swipe in and out of the building, but we wanted to phase the process in. That’s why we started with having students swipe in after 10 p.m. last year.”
The gates help library staff monitor who is inside the building, but will also help better measure the impact of library services on student success.
The Provost’s Office and the VP of Student Affairs approved the swipe in and out process for the launch of the 2019-2020 school year. The Libraries have been working with the University Police Department (UPD) and other campus units to put mechanisms in place to effect this change, especially for members of the general public who visit the building.
While library users are adjusting to the change, staff at the Service Desk will grant entrance the first few times to library users who have forgotten their Owl Cards or don’t have one; have not yet obtained one, or are not a member of the FAU community.
As part of the new safety protocol, the Wimberly Library has also updated its guest policy. Guests will now need to show credentials upon entry. Repeat visitors will be issued cards that will allow them to enter the library for a year. Guests will be welcome in the library during the daytime: Sunday from opening until 9 p.m.; Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
In addition to the gates, the Wimberly Library has also updated its security cameras throughout the building, and UPD will increase police presence during the 24/5 hours.
To read the full gate policy, click here.