Manhattan Welcomes Scanner Back to O’Malley Library

By, Isaiah Rosario and Andrew Mannion, Staff Writers

It’s time for change once again in O’Malley Library. In 2021, students who came to campus needed to show green passes to enter the library. Currently, students are able to walk directly into the library without any stoppage. However, in late 2022 or possibly 2023, students will need to scan their student ID to enter the library. 

The scanner is located at the front entrance of O’Malley library and students cannot enter the facility without their student ID cards. There is no official date set for when the scanner will be up and running. 

Sophomore Colin Ratner spoke to The Quadrangle about how despite the new changes in the library, the library still gives him a place to learn and improve his academic skills. 

“Academically, the library has everything you need,” Ratner said. “I’ve used [the library] countless times to help research topics for essays especially if I can’t find a certain source or particular type of data, the library has my back. On top of that, the printing service is easy, and if I ever do need help a librarian is a hop and a skip away.” 

Director of access services and librarian, Amy Handfield, explained the initiative on installing the new identification scanner in front of the library. 

“To my knowledge, Kelly Commons has an ID scanner on both doors now,” Handfield said. “Leo and Higgins have a scanner and so does RLC. From what I’ve been told, the scanner being assembled at the door of the library is part of a campus-wide kind of safety initiative … [the addition of the scanner is] a campus-wide movement to secure the buildings.”

Although the school is looking to make the campus safer for faculty, staff and students, some students do not see a need for such an initiative. Freshman Brendan Byrne spoke about his view on the new ID scanner. 

“I don’t think it’s necessary because if you go to the library now, you don’t have to worry about bringing your ID in. [Once the scanning begins] if you forget it you have to walk back to where you left it which would cause a lot of trouble,” Byrne said. “When you go to the library, you just want one thing on your mind. What I would do differently is just take it out. I would let the library be where you get your stuff done without worrying about anything else.”

Despite some students disagreeing with the move to integrate an ID scanner, Handfield sees the scanner as a needed added level of security. 

“Not all security systems are perfect, we all know that,” Handfield said. “If you look at a lot of colleges and universities in the New York City area, I can’t think of one that does not have a security system. It’s either a scan with security guards like Fordham — which is a fortress minus the moat — or CUNYs that have a security guard that actively checks IDs and then also swipes and taps turnstiles to get in all academic buildings. The benefit would be an extra step to keep our community safe which I believe is why there is a push to have more buildings on campus that have this swipe, tap level of security.”

While there are some feelings of community amongst Manhattan students on campus, some think this action separates us from the wider community. 

“It provides a feeling of only Manhattan College residents are allowed in it, which is a good feeling but it also provides a less open community which is different,” Byrne said.

However, Handfield feels that this move will benefit the workers at the library by making their job easier when it comes to the people they allow in the library. 

“When you work in this department, you do have to keep an eye on who’s coming in and also to make sure you know, the environment is conducive to studying, so I think it would probably make it easier,” Handfield said.