New turnstiles are in place at the entrance to the Morris Library. The ONEcard can be used to tap for access, as in the Carpenter Sports Building.

Library turnstiles

University Library users should bring ONEcards as new turnstiles in place


8:47 a.m., Feb. 8, 2016--The University of Delaware Police Department and the University of Delaware Library have announced that the new security measure aimed at providing better protection for UD students, faculty and staff and members of the larger community who use the Morris Library is now active.

In January a new turnstile security system and a Welcome Desk staffed by the UD Police Department was installed in the entrance to the Morris Library. The turnstiles are similar to those in use at the Carpenter Sports Building.

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UD students, faculty and staff will tap their ONEcards at the turnstiles to lower them and enter the library.

The library, which is heavily used by people throughout the state, will continue to make its rich array of resources available to all users and members of the community. Visitors should report to the new Welcome Desk, which will be located just before the turnstiles, to show photo identification and sign in to access the library. The new desk will be staffed by the UD Police Department.

“Campus and Public Safety is pleased to support a significant security enhancement at the University of Delaware Library. The turnstile system will provide an improved secure setting utilizing modern technology that many other higher educational institutions have adopted,” said Albert (Skip) Homiak, executive director, Campus and Public Safety.

Library Public Borrowers will receive ONEcards to check out materials and enter the building through the turnstiles. Frequent visitors to the library can register for a free ONEcard for easier building access. 

Visitors under 18 years of age will need a parent or guardian in order to sign in at the Welcome Desk and enter the library. For their safety and well-being, children should be accompanied by an adult at all times.

"The University of Delaware made the important decision to enhance the safety of all 6,000 students, faculty and staff who enter the Morris Library every day in response to concerns expressed to University Administration by students and parents," said Sandra Millard, interim vice provost and director of libraries. "After careful planning with the University of Delaware Police Department, turnstile procedures are in place to continue to provide access to the services, spaces, and expertise in the library that is valued by the UD community and beyond."

The library has created a brief video describing how to enter through the turnstiles and will use signs and social media to encourage members of the campus community to get in the habit of bringing their ONEcards to enter the Morris Library. Library Ambassadors will be available to assist library users at the turnstiles during the transition.

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