Libraries are an important asset to our society and culture. They have a significant role at every step of our lives—providing us books, research materials, internet, a few good friends, all for free. Surveillance security—do libraries need surveillance cameras? Yes, libraries need them to allow staff to monitor the place from their reference desk and to protect their large facilities.
Key Benefits of Public Library Using Security Cameras
Facilitate Security – Public libraries are not restricted to any age or class. Video surveillance cameras installed throughout the place help monitor every activity while people are busy reading, researching or browsing the internet.
Prevent Theft – The books are the most valuable asset a library has. Some rare books are always vulnerable to theft. They are priceless possessions that need protection all the time. Using surveillance cameras along with a barcode detector and magnetic book alarms could help prevent theft.
Additional Security and Flexibility – Advanced technology of HD security cameras offer its users the flexibility to place cameras virtually anywhere. Libraries hosts field trips, community events, author readings, book clubs—during these events libraries can easily benefit from the flexibility the advanced technology offers.
Offsite Monitoring – IP video camera systems are composed of a NVR (network video recorder) or DVR (digital video recorder) that allow security staff or manager to watch the camera footage over internet. Security staff or manger can keep an eye on the library from anywhere, at any time, should any special security need arise.
Video Surveillance in Compliance with Privacy Law
Libraries are a public domain and before installing the cameras it is necessary that the surveillance system to be installed is in compliance with the privacy law. Cameras should only be installed at areas that are considered public domain. Conference rooms, circulation desks, reading areas are just a few examples of where cameras should be installed. Make sure there is no camera in a break room and restrooms to respect the privacy of the visitors as well as the employees working in the library and there are signs to alert the patrons about the presence of cameras.
All libraries are different in scope, size and type—personal collations, public libraries, law libraries, presidential libraries, library of congress; each has its own surveillance needs. Consider the following key factors before installing security cameras to your library.
- Does you library store some valuable items, books in their readers collection or antiques for decoration?
- What are your crucial concerns?
- Does you library already have a security system in place? If so, what type of system?
- Does your library have a history of criminal activity or security threats?
Camera System Setup Advice from DVR Unlimited
Install security cameras at all entrance and exits to closely monitor and record every entry and exits. Make sure that while a primary camera is providing you a general survey of the area, you also have in place a secondary one to get a closer and more detailed look, for example, monitor the rare books or display items with cameras directly focusing on them.
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