glass gates at exit of Central Branch
Library News

Security Gates Activated at Central Branch

Don't be alarmed if your exit creates a buzz the next time you borrow items from Central Branch. We're at the final stage of our system-wide security gate activation rollout, which started early last year. Central Branch's security gates will be activated on Monday, May 6. 

What does this mean for you? If you leave the library with a book or other item that hasn’t been properly checked out, the gates will sound an alarm and a staff member will come to help you properly check out the item. 

The majority of our customers are now using self-checkout kiosks, and we are finding that some items are not being checked out properly before they leave the library. This can make it harder for us to keep track of all our materials. Also, if an item is not scanned properly, it may not show up in your account and you won’t get a reminder to return it.

Please remember that items on the Holds shelves have not yet been checked out. You must check out your holds before leaving the branch to avoid triggering the alarm.

If The Alarm Sounds

If the security gate alarm goes off when you are leaving the library, don’t be embarrassed. It happens! Please stop and find the closest staff member so they can double-check that all of your items have been checked out properly.

Thank you for helping us keep track of our collection so everyone can enjoy it.