Examples of How Libraries Assess Risk

In a perfect world, the library would be a safe place where nothing bad ever happened. This is not the case, however, and unforeseen events put patrons, staff, and the library building in jeopardy. Here are examples of two types of common hazards and ways to assess the risks they pose.

Natural Disasters

One library risk assessment example is that of extreme weather events. Imagine the devastation after water enters the building and soaks the carpets, ruins the book collection, and short-circuits the computers. To assess the potential for this happening, conduct an inspection to find structural flaws in the roof and foundation. Other weather-related hazards to prepare for include the following:

  • Moisture
  • Wind
  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes
  • Sinkholes

Nuisance Patrons

Anyone who works with the public knows that the diversity of personalities that makes life interesting is also what can make it frustrating or even dangerous at times. An example of patron risk assessment would be an analysis of the following elements of the library’s emergency plan:

The library should be a safe haven for people seeking information. By assessing and mitigating for risks that could compromise the building or the people inside, you can do your best to make it that way.