Kimberlin Library is now open 24 hours a day through term time and vacation. If you are spending a lot of time in the library here are some suggestions on how to help stay safe while studying here and when leaving the library late at night, or very early in the morning.
In the Library
Our libraries are safe places to study at any time of day or night, but please be vigilant because opportunistic thieves can strike at any time or place.
Look after yourselves and your belongings – take breaks, but do not leave your personal belongings unattended.
Keep your valuables with you or secure them out of sight.
If you have to leave your study space, ask a friend to watch over your belongings.
Back up work from your laptop on to a memory stick or drive. In case the worst happens and your laptop is stolen you will still have your files saved.
Ask library staff or the security staff for help if you have any problems or concerns.
Leaving the library in the night or early morning
Use car parks with good lighting or park near street lights and if possible, close to the library.
Have your car key ready as you approach your car.
Book a taxi in advance.
Make sure you check the name you gave the cab firm with the driver.
Travel with your friends if you can, and always sit in the back.
Plan your journey in advance. Check what time your last bus leaves.
On public transport, sit near groups of people or the driver.
Travelling on a double decker bus, always stay downstairs.
If you ride a bicycle lock it with a D-lock
By walking home:
Take care if leaving the library in the night. Walk home with friends or fellow students. Avoid getting or looking lost. Stick to well-lit and well used areas. Do not take short cuts through dark or remote parks or alleyways. Walk confidently and be aware of what is going on around you. Do not chat on your mobile phone or keep your headphones in while you are walking home alone. Your hearing is your best defence.
Have your house keys ready before you reach home. Carry your keys on you, not in your bag. Looking for them in your bag means you’re not looking at what’s going on around you.
DMU has its own Campus Police Constable as well as a dedicated team of security staff who aim to ensure that all students and staff are able to study and work in a safe environment all year round. But if something does happen to you do report it and seek support from the University.
DSU Advice is a free, confidential and independent advice service provided by your Students’ Union. Our separate reception provides you with a private area to make appointments or discuss your problems away from the main Union reception.