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Answered By: Kristin Meyer
Last Updated: Apr 16, 2019     Views: 130

We hope you feel safe and secure in the Libraries, but we understand that late nights can present some safety concerns. If you're ever in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1. If you're ever feeling unsure or unsafe about being in the library or traveling to and from the library during late night hours, the following resources might help:

  • Did you know that library student employees walk through the Mary Idema Pew Library and Steelcase Library at least once per hour? We do this to be available to answer questions and help in any way we can. Look out for students with nametags carrying an ipad, and let them know if you need help! You can also talk to library staff right away by calling 616-331-3500, texting 616-818-0219, or chatting with us online.
  • Safewalk is a free service that will accompany GVSU students, staff, and visitors who feel unsafe walking alone across campus. When you request a Safewalk, a student cadet or a member of security will walk you from one on-campus location to another. This service is available on the Allendale campus, the Pew Grand Rapids campus, and the Health Campus. Call 616-331-3255 to request a Safewalk, and learn more about Safewalk from Public Safety.
  • Laker Guardian is an app for your phone that helps keep you safe. Features include a safety timer that allows you to notify someone you trust about your location when you’re walking alone. The safety timer can either contact the police or someone else you trust like your family or roommates. The app also has an emergency call button that allows you to send an immediate alert to GVPD with a single click. The app is available in the Apple Store and in Google Play. Learn more about Laker Guardian from Public Safety.

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