Safety in the Library
UWA Library strives to provide students and staff with safe, inclusive spaces, where everyone feels welcome.
We value diversity and are committed to supporting the University’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategy 2022-25.
Our aim is to create spaces where you feel a sense of belonging, and we want your feedback on how to improve the security and inclusivity of UWA libraries.
In an Emergency, please visit UWA Emergency Procedures
Work will be ongoing and to date includes:
Security officers patrol Library spaces regularly, particularly after hours when our libraries are unstaffed. Extensive CCTV has been installed throughout Reid Library and our other locations to enable security officers to monitor the spaces remotely.
The PAM (Please Assist Me) SMS service is available in every library for students to communicate concerns with staff. After-hours, students can communicate with UWA Security through the SafeZone app.
We welcome all groups to our spaces. We have:
- A sensory room in Reid Library for neurodiverse students registered with UniAccess
- Resource rooms in the Barry J Marshall and Reid Libraries for students registered with UniAccess
- Parents rooms in Barry J Marshall, J Robin Warren, and Reid Libraries
- Collaborative and individual study options accommodating a range of study preferences (collaborative, quiet, and silent study) and privacy options
Read more about our inclusive spaces.
In 2023 we joined the Welcome Here project and display the Welcome Here sticker at all our Library entrances to explicitly welcome and celebrate students and staff from the LGBTIQA+ community. We are committed to positive change in our UWA community and ensure library staff have completed the ALLY training workshop.
We require our staff to keep up to date with training on a broad range of topics to help them support our diverse UWA community. Topics include mental health first aid, bystander training (to address and prevent harassment and discrimination) and responding to disclosures of sexual harm.
The Living Room pop-up
The Library enjoys working with other areas of the University to bring services into the library to improve convenience and accessibility for students. An example has been the Living Room pop-up. The Living Room pop-up is available for students to visit if they are worried, stressed, or upset. Students can seek support from trained UWA Peer Supporters, as well as onsite Clinical Support Leaders who have experience in mental health.