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Emergency Exits in the Library

October 18th, 2010 by Amy Kautzman

SUGGESTION: Please add emergency exits to all floor maps viewable at this URL: http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/about/locations/?map=shields-map.   And also add the information to the Shields library printed maps.

ANSWER: This is a great suggestion and one that the library is currently addressing — although our response is a bit different than your vision.

The UC Davis Libraries have great maps pages: http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/about/locations/.
This is where you can get information on the different library’s layout. However, we would never expect this page to be used in case of an emergency. It would not make sense to go to a library web site and try to ascertain where you are in a building in relation to emergency exits when the fire alarm is beeping. There is also the issue of ongoing building maintenance and the fact that some pathways shown on the map may be cut off during times of construction.

We do take your safety very seriously and we are developing maps that will be posted throughout the libraries for your viewing (in context) pleasure.

More importantly — it is imperative that each person take ownership and look around at their surroundings before settling in for a few hours of studying. Where are the emergency exit signs? How close is the nearest exit to the outdoors? What does one need to do to save one’s own life in case of an emergency?  We appreciate your concern with such important issues and ask all of our library patrons to be aware of their surroundings.