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Building Safety Features

Each Wayne State University Library Building is equipped with safety features such as fire exits, extinguishers and alarm pulls. Additionally, other equipment, such as campus phones may be available in case of emergency. Maps detailing the location of these features are available at our Emergency Exit / Safety Feature Maps pages

Each library is unique, so it is good to familiarize yourself with the locations of these devices.

Safety Features - Building Specific

David Adamany Undergraduate Library

Emergency Control Center
The Emergency Control Center for the Library is the Access Desk (7-8854), since this desk is more heavily staffed than others. Staff at this desk are familiar with features of the library PA system and can use the PA to make announcements and give directions.

The Emergency Control Center for the SASS is the Front Desk (7-3165).

Elevators
There are two sets of elevators in the UGL Library: a bank of three elevators for patron/staff use near the central stairs, and a freight elevator in the Receiving area. The freight elevator requires a key to operate at all times. All elevators are non-functional at times when the fire alarm is sounding: the elevator cars return to the first floor station and remain there.

Emergency Exits / Fire Pulls / Fire Extinguishers / Campus Phones
Exact locations of Emergency Exits and Safety Features for the UGL can be seen on our Emergency Exit / Safety Feature Maps pages: 1st Floor. 2nd Floor. 3rd Floor. Basement.

Arthur Neef Law Library

Emergency Exits / Fire Pulls / Fire Extinguishers / Campus Phones
Exact locations of Emergency Exits and Safety Features for the Law Library can be seen on our Emergency Exit / Safety Feature Maps pages: 1st Floor. 2nd Floor. 3rd Floor. Basement.

Purdy/Kresge Library

Emergency Control Center
Emergency Control Center for the Library is the Purdy Services (Circ) Desk (577-4043), since this desk is more heavily staffed than others. Staff at this desk are familiar with features of the library PA system and can use the PA to make announcements and give directions.

Elevators
Purdy Library: There are two sets of elevators in the Purdy Library: a bank of two elevators for patron/staff use near the main stairs on the south side of the building, and a freight elevator across from room 133, (Electronic Reserves.)

Kresge Library: One elevator is located in the Kresge Service Desk.

All elevators are non-functional at times when the fire alarm is sounding; the elevator cars return to the first floor station and remain there.

Emergency Exits / Fire Pulls / Fire Extinguishers / Campus Phones
Exact locations of Emergency Exits and Safety Features for the Purdy/Kresge Library can be seen on our Emergency Exit / Safety Feature Maps pages:
Purdy: 1st Floor. 2nd Floor. 3rd Floor. 4th Floor. Basement.
Kresge: 1st Floor. 2nd Floor. 3rd Floor. Basement.

Science and Engineering Library

Elevators
There are two sets of elevators in the SEL: a bank of two elevators for patron/staff use near the central stairs, and a staff elevator in the lobby area across from the Circulation Desk. All elevators require a key to gain access to the 7th Floor. All elevators are non-functional at times when the fire alarm is sounding: the elevator cars return to the first floor and remain there.

Emergency Exits / Fire Pulls / Fire Extinguishers / Campus Phones
Exact locations of Emergency Exits and Safety Features for the SEL can be seen on our Emergency Exit / Safety Feature Maps pages: 1st Floor. 2nd Floor. 3rd Floor. 4th Floor. 5th Floor. 6th Floor. 7th Floor.

The SEL Basement is not represented on the maps:

Emergency Exits:
The SEL basement level has two primary and two secondary exits. Primary exits include the stairwell opposite the elevators that leads to the landing on the first floor and from there to the exit door at that level. A second stairwell at the west side of the building and adjacent to rooms 15 and 21 leads to the first floor landing and the west emergency door. There are also two emergency exits in the Math Lab. The first of these is located along the wall to one's right upon entry from the library. This leads to a stairwell that empties at the first level and immediately adjacent to the front entrance of the library. There is also an emergency exit door that is located in the far back corner (left as one faces the Math Lab help desk) that opens into the tunnel linking the Chemistry Building with the SEL. One should be prepared to turn left out of the doorway, take the first hallway to the left and then follow the stairwell up to the first level and out of the building.

Fire Extinguishers:
Fire Extinguishers are located just inside the stairwell located on the west side of the building; in addition, there are two extinguishers located in the Math Lab, one near the emergency exit by room 73B, and one outside of room 73.

Campus Phones:
There is a campus phone near the main stairwell in the basement.

Shiffman Medical Library and Pharmacy/Health Sciences LRC

Under development.

Oakland Center Library

Under development.

Alarms

Whenever a fire pull is activated in the library, all staff and students will evacuate the library even if it is determined that the activation was in error or with malicious intent. Anytime the alarm sounds, all staff should begin to evacuate without first stopping to ask if it is a drill.

The only exception to the above rule is when the fire pulls are tested monthly in accordance with the Facilities Planning and Management program to test all fire pulls at least once per year. These tests are announced in advance with prominently displayed signs on all library doors. An announcement can be made over the PA just prior to the drill to announce that the testing will begin shortly, but the building will not be evacuated.