Association of Research Libraries
Research Library Issues 289 2016
for the two largest libraries—the Charles E. Young Research Library
(YRL) and the Powell Library—than anyone would have anticipated.
Many students and faculty were already outdoors on their way to classes
or to get coffee or breakfast, and those who were in buildings near the
Engineering complex were instructed by police to leave their buildings
and seek refuge in other parts of the campus. The public service ethos
and caring attitudes of library staff made it almost impossible to lock
the front doors while large groups of students could be seen wandering
across the main campus quadrangle or around the north part of campus.
Many of us felt a sense of responsibility to help get those students inside
into a safer environment.
Police on UCLA campus, June 1, 2016.
Photo credit: Daphne Ying (@whydaphnewhy on Twitter).
So, despite the texted instructions, we kept staff near the front doors
of YRL and Powell to let students in. In Powell Library and the Young
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