Library Operations & Protection Services

The J. Willard Marriott Library strives to provide a safe environment for our visitors and employees and to preserve and protect our facilities and collections. Protection Services is charged with the ongoing responsibility for security, fire prevention and protection, and safety within our building in coordination and conjunction with the University Department of Public Safety, Environmental Health & Safety, and Campus Facilities Management.

The Marriott Library asks that all library users become familiar with and abide by all policies. Protection Services enforces all university and library policies as well as state and federal law in coordination with University of Utah Police. Protection Services has a constant presence on all floors and is stationed at both entrances to assist library users.

If you notice any suspicious activity or feel your safety is being threatened while in the library, please report the incident immediately to University of Utah Police at 801-585-2677. Additionally, you may seek assistance by contacting Protection Services at 801-581-8600 or by visiting the nearest library service desk.

Emergency exit routes are posted throughout the building by all elevators and stairwells. Additional emergency response procedures are provided in public spaces and all classrooms.

Book Gate Alarm Procedure

The library has anti-theft devices at the public exits. An alarm is triggered when library material is brought through the gates that has not been properly loaned. When the gate alarm sounds, patrons will be asked to return to the Library Information Desk where staff will ascertain the source of the alarm, including asking patrons to check their personal belongings. If a patron refuses to comply or if library property is found to be damaged, torn, or mutilated, University of Utah Police will be contacted immediately. If the patron is a student and has a previous offense, the Dean of Students Office will be contacted for Code of Conduct review. Library staff will document the incident. Unauthorized removal of library materials or property will be treated as theft and University of Utah Police will be contacted.