Firestone Library Security

The Department of Public Safety provides security staffing and oversight for both the Firestone Library and University Art Museum.  The Firestone Library is staffed by officers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

At the Firestone Library, DPS provides administrative oversight in planning, coordinating and managing security operations. Officers are stationed throughout the library to ensure compliance with University and Public Safety regulations. The Library staff is comprised of both Library Security Officers and Security Supervisors.

At the Library’s front desk, Security Officers assist all visitors as they enter and exit. DPS officers check for University IDs or guest passes and check bags upon exit.  The Security Officers also help enforce Library policies and ensure safety of both the valuable books, cherished art, and patrons of the library. Access to most areas of Firestone requires a valid Princeton University campus identification card with photograph. All visitors are advised to consult with the Access Office for visiting information prior to arrival.

The library was expanded in 1971 and again in 1988 and currently has more than 70 miles (110 km) of bookshelves, making Firestone one of the largest open-stack libraries in existence.  Beginning in the summer of 2010, the University has committed to a comprehensive renovation of Firestone Library. The  library renovation will be a long-term project that is being done in multiple phases and will take almost 10 years to finish, during which time the library  will remain  open to the community. Public Safety will ensure the safety of all library visitors during the ongoing construction.

Firestone Library is equipped with Campus Access Control Systems (CACS) locks and Campus Video Management Systems (CVMS) to monitor all activity inside and outside the building.

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