On Sunday, December 3, a small electrical fire at the Valley Library set off the fire alarms and necessitated the evacuation of the building. As one of the busiest public buildings on campus, the safety of our community is our top priority. Many people in the building evacuated in a timely fashion. However, many others ignored the fire alarms and did not clear the building. While we all hope that emergencies will not happen, they do, so we'd like to take this opportunity to make our emergency procedures clear, so that you will know what you need to do to keep everyone who uses the library safe.

  • When you hear an emergency alarm in a library building, you must leave immediately. In fact, failure to do so could result in a misdemeanor fine from the Corvallis Fire Department.
  • In a building the size of the Valley Library, we cannot verify that an alarm is not a false alarm before we act, and neither should you. Do not assume that an alarm is a drill. Instead, leave the building quickly and quietly. 
  • OSU Library employees will be available to help direct you as you leave the building. Be aware that they are not trained emergency responders. If you notice another person in distress, exit the building and notify a library staff member. They will notify emergency personnel.
  • Please treat the library staff and students who are trying to clear the building with respect, and remember that they have a job to do and the safety of all is the top priority.
Posted - December 07, 2017