Facilities Information; Davis Family Library

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Card Access through the exterior front doors into the vestibule is 24/7 for anyone with a valid ID Students, Faculty, & Staff have 24x7 access into the Vestibule. (Those with the following cards do not have access cards (but rather mag stripe only) and therefore cannot use card readers on campus. - Alumni, courtesy card, Friend of college, Spouse/Partner, Breadloaf, Faculty Emeriti, Retiree.)

Card Access through the interior front doors and back doors is:

24/7 for: any staff or faculty member with an office in the building (including Faculty Offices LIB351-360); all LIS staff; Facilities Services “master” groups. Facilities Services Custodial access begins at 3am and for the rest of Facilities staff access begins at 6am. Access is occasionally given to Admissions tour guides during holiday weekends.

When the building is open to the public for: Dining Services Supervisors; anyone who has requested "handicapped access".

Handicapped access: for students is arranged through the ADA coordinator and for Faculty/Staff through Human Resources.  Members of the general public may apply for such access at the Circulation Desk.  Only members of the public with government issued Handicapped Persons plates or placard will be granted access.

Non-ADA access to the back doors may be given at the discretion of the Dean of LIS.

Hold open feature on automatic doors:

Each of the doors that are equipped with an automatic door opener for handicapped access has a small toggle switch over the interior side of the door. This switch has three positions, off, auto, hold open. The switch should be left in the "auto" position. If it is turned off the push button used to open the door will not work.

The "hold open" position can be used to hold the door open. At the back doors use your access card then flip the switch to hold open and the door will open and stay that way until the switch is turned back to auto. At the front doors, press the button to open the doors and then flip the toggle switch.


Keys are tracked and issued through the Dean of LIS's office. Requests for keys are made to the LIS Administrative Assistant. The request must come from the supervisor of the person that the key is being issued to.

FALLING ICE OR SNOW, from roof over doors

If dangerous snow or ice accumulates over a door, recruit a staff member to stand guard and alert people of the problem until signage is posted, then call Joseph x5487 and let him know about it. (Call your building coordinator if you're working at a branch library.)

If you do not reach Joseph in person--  

for front doors: There are large yellow plastic folding signs in the back of closet 201A that should be placed outside on the patio so that people approaching the building are alerted to the problem. There are also laminated 8.5"x11" signs in the wall pocket in 201A that should be taped to the glass on the inside of the exterior doors.  Once this has been done, call Facilities Services x5472 (or, if FS is closed call public safety x5911) and alert them to the situation, letting them know that you've posted signage.

for back door: use the portable directional signs that are stored in the loading dock and the staff room to post signs outside.  Use the spare signs in 201A to post signs on the inside doors.  If large icicles have formed over either door post a sign encouraging people to use the other exit.

These procedures would also be appropriate for any immediate safety hazard that you become aware of. It is very important that any and all of us react to a hazard and keep ourselves, coworkers, and the public, safe from harm. Don't assume somebody else will notice and deal with it, please be proactive and follow up until you're sure that somebody is working to resolve the situation and you're not needed. There are "caution, wet floor" signs in the basement near the custodial supplies.

There is a known issue with snow and ice falling from the roof over the front door. If the weather conditions are just right, the snow melts and compacts and then slides off under the snow guards and over the gutter. Another, but less common problem, is icicles forming in the scuppers over the back doors.


Reporting a leak, how to:

When a water leak is noticed and it is minor and not causing damage to collections or equipment, report it to Joseph Watson x5487. If you don't reach Joseph, leave him a message about the leak and then contact Facilities Services directly at x5472. If FS is closed (evenings and weekends) call the Office of Public Safety and ask them to reach FS on-call personnel if deemed necessary. Describe the situation giving them all details as needed and realistically indicating the severity of the situation. If placing a basket under the leak until regular FS staff can come during normal working hours will suffice, please do so but inform PS so that they can have the night watch guard check on the leak.

If the water leak is severe and if collections or equipment are at risk, please notify FS or PS as above immediately, making it clear that the situation is dire and FS staff are needed to shut off the water or divert the flow ASAP. Then take actions as necessary to protect items from damage referring to the Emergency Manual section on Flooding and Water Damage for specific procedures.

Storm drain, exterior, overflow:

During very heavy rains the storm drains that are just outside of the emergency exits at the bottom of staircases number 1 and 4 have been known to overflow. Instead of water going down them, water flows up and out of them like a geyser. This problem was severe enough to cause water to flow under the door at the bottom of staircase number 4 and flow into the lower level soaking the carpet adjacent to the Harman Reading Area as well as seeping under the wall into the reception area of Special Collections soaking the carpet there. This is a known issue as of the Summer of 2008.  If we receive very heavy rains, it makes sense to check these areas to see if there is a problem and then report it as needed following the instructions in the "reporting a leak" section of this wiki.  If water is flowing under the door, DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR because the door might be holding back a quantity of water.

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