Extra security has been added at the Vernon and Kelowna branches of the Okanagan Regional Library.
Chief executive officer Stephanie Hall says they are trying out a six month pilot of having a security guard on hand the entire time the branches are open.
“One of the things that’s been in the news a lot is the opioid crisis. There has been an uptick in incidents that are drug-related, but there’s various incidents. We just want to make sure the library is safe,” Hall tells Kiss FM.
Hall estimates the extra security will cost about 25-thousand dollars for Vernon, which will be tried out until next May.
“Most urban libraries in Canada do have full time security. We’ve always had as little as we can because we’d rather spend our money on programs. Our goal is to help people learn and move forward in their lives, it’s not to provide security.”
Hall says the extra security should ensure the building and parking lot are patrolled and safe.
On a more positive note, Hall says the Vernon Library will hold a free financial boot camp for planning for your family’s future Saturday at 11 am, with more details on ORL’s Facebook page.