A specialist North Tyneside security organization has been called in to help step up the security of an historic Durham University library building.
North Shields-based 2020 Vision has been commissioned to ramp up security measures at the Palace Green Library. The library was at the center of attention when 53-year-old Raymond Scott was jailed for handling a “priceless” Shakespeare Folio, which went missing in a raid on the library in 1998.
2020 Vision has installed 15 cameras into the centuries old building and has added a smart tracking system to a number of the library's publications.
"There is no doubt that Palace Green Library is one of the stunning buildings we have been asked to provide a solution on. It is steeped in history and those at Durham University want to take all the steps to ensure its recent history is not repeated,” said Peter Houlis, MD at 2020 Vision.
2020 Vision has added 15 cameras onto a new digital recording system, which offers clear images throughout the library. In addition, the organization has implemented a system, which enables the library to individually tag, monitor, track and audit the exact movement of a wide number of its most treasured publications and possessions held within the building.
"The increased security measures at Palace Green Library, coupled with investment to restore and redevelop our historic space, will ensure we can offer unprecedented public access to some of our wonderful treasures," said Sheila Hingley, Head of Heritage Collections at Durham University Library.