The Library has an emergency alarm system that features alarm notifications by recorded voice messages, siren sounds, and flashing strobe lights. If the alarm system is activated for any reason, all people in the Library at the time are to leave the building in a calm, orderly manner.
The Library has a detailed emergency plan in place to assist users during evacuations of the building. During an emergency, Library employees are assigned to check all areas of the Library for persons with disabilities.
Elevators should not be used in most emergencies. Persons on the first and second floors have access to building exits without the use of elevators. Persons on the third floor who cannot move to other floors without the use of an elevator should assemble in nearest safe stairwell. Library personnel are assigned to check those assembly points and escort individuals to the nearest safe stairwell where they can wait for properly trained emergency personnel to give them assistance in moving to the lower floors. Radios are available for maintaining communication from the stairwells.