The Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention Community of Practice Session on Safety in Public Libraries was held on May 31st, 2023.
CULC’s Safety and Security Working Group gave a fantastic panel presentation on this issue.
Public libraries across Canada are facing an unprecedented increase in the frequency and intensity of security and safety incidents in their spaces. The purpose of the CULC/CBUC Safety and Security Working Group is to:
- Promote learning, support and collaboration around safety and security in public libraries.
- Develop a toolkit consisting of best practices regarding safety and security including: training and employee supports, social workers, customer conduct expectations, collaborative initiatives with other agencies, etc.
- Create an advocacy and communication strategy to
– raise awareness of the complex societal issues that public libraries are facing
– reinforce the core mandate of public libraries and acknowledge our role as part of the solution
– identify the importance of multi-level governmental and organizational solution
Please see below the links to reports and resources mentioned by presenters and participants:
- Canadian Urban Libraries Council Working Group: https://culc.ca/knowledge-transfer/safety-security-working-group/
- Calgary Public Library Wellness Desk: https://calgarylibrary.ca/your-library/free-services/wellness-desk/
- Red Deer Smart Recovery (hosted at RDL on Monday nights): https://meetings.smartrecovery.org/meetings/6759/
- Edmonton Public Library Outreach: https://www.epl.ca/milner-library/outreach/
- Edmonton Public Library Community-Led Toolkit: https://www.epl.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/18/2015/08/EPL-Community-Led-Toolkit-Final-EXTERNAL-Web.pdf
- Toronto Public Library Approaches to Safety and Security: https://torontopubliclibrary.typepad.com/board-meetings/2022-05-24/15-alternate-approaches-to-safety-and-security-at-TPL-combined.pdf
- Persons Community Solutions (PCS) Winnipeg Community Safety Hosts Program: https://pcs-scp.ca/community-safety-hosts-program/
- Winnipeg Community Connections (joint space for crisis workers): https://wpl.winnipeg.ca/library/communityconnections/introduction.stm
- Article about Community Safety Hosts Program: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/winnipeg-community-safety-hosts-program-1.6750010
- International CPTED Association: https://www.cpted.net/