Stay safe and secure – enjoy your time at university

KeysComing to University is an exciting (and for many terrifying) time.  There are so many new things to see, do and think about and new people to meet but wherever you are you should always keep your safety and security in mind.  Look out for your friends and follow these simple precautions.  They will help keep you and your stuff safe.

  1. Take a friend.  Whether you are popping over to the gym early or coming back from the Library late (we open 24/7 from the start of term on Monday 23 September), take a friend with you. It’s not just safer but more sociable and can help you both plan, reflect, relax and unwind.  All in all, it’s a win-win situation!
  2. Lock your bike to a bicycle stand.  The current best practice is to use two BS-EN certified D-locks to secure the frame and both wheels to a bicycle stand.  Less well-secured bicycles are a tempting target for thieves wherever they are left and cheaper locks are easily broken.  There are bicycle stands for you to use at the front and back of the Library and a larger bicycle park in Ravelin Park.
  3. Register your valuables at and consider marking them with an invisible security marker.  This will make it much easier for the police to return them to you, should they ever be stolen and later recovered.
  4. Keep your valuables with you at all times, including your smartphone.  The Library is a fairly secure place but your valuables are still much safer in your pocket than left unattended.
  5. Tell us if you see something suspicious or feel unsafe.  Our Security Team is here to keep you safe and secure.  Please tell them if you feel at all insecure or see something suspicious.  You can text them discreetly at any time the Library is open on 07860 756894.  Please describe where you in the Library you are (e.g. “Area 1B” or “first floor, left up the wooden stairs”) to help them find you quickly.


Assistant Librarian (Promotions) at the University Library. An enthusiastic advocate of libraries, diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice for all, inside and outside the workplace.

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