ERIC Number: ED080131
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Sep
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National Survey on Library Security.
Burns Security Inst., Briarcliff Manor, NY.
As educational and cultural centers, public libraries are in the mainstream of American life. Persistent library crime, such as pilferage, theft and vandalism, represents much more than financial loss. It deprives the public of access to irreplaceable books, rare manuscripts and other reference materials. Equally important, it inflicts hardships on budget-tight libraries wishing to replace increasingly expensive books. In recognition of such factors, Burns Security Institute, a private research unit devoted to the study of crime and how to better cope with it in the institutional, industrial and commercial areas, undertook a national survey on library security. Two-page questionnaires were returned by 255 public libraries in 39 states with annual circulation totaling more than 92 million volumes. The items covered in the survey, and reported upon in this volume, are: book theft, security controls, fire alarms, burglary alarms, guards, book recovery, overdue books, exhibits protection, violent crimes, major security problems, and improving security. (Author/SJ)
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Authoring Institution: Burns Security Inst., Briarcliff Manor, NY.
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