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Open Sesame! Officials investigating late-night wanderers at new Halifax library

The director of the Halifax Central Library says an investigation is underway to determine how four people were able to gain access to the $58 million facility by simply opening a pair of doors – and why they weren’t caught by security.

“We are launching a detailed investigation into how that happened and why the doors were opened,” said Bruce Gorman Monday evening.

Metro contacted Gorman Monday afternoon after hearing from two people who said they were walking along Queen Street around 2 a.m. Friday when they were “flabbergasted” to see another young couple try the library entrance and walk right in.

“We were surprised because it was really late,” said the young woman, who asked not to be identified. “It was too late for the doors to be open.”

The woman and her companion, who identified himself as “Alex,” found the outer door of the Queen Street entrance open.

When Alex pulled on the paired locked inner doors together, they swung open, permitting access to the building, full of new, expensive computers and recording equipment.

Alex said he took a step through the doors and watched the other couple walking around the first floor, taking selfies, before stepping back outside with the woman. The other couple came out after about 10 minutes.

“I guess they could have actually stolen something, ripped up some books but I think they were just doing it for thrills,” said Alex.

Gorman initially told Metro it was impossible for anyone to get into the library after hours without being seen by security, and said anyone in the building must have been cleaners.

He called back after 6 p.m. to say the company that handles security for the library had reviewed its surveillance video and found footage of two unauthorized people inside the building between 1:58 a.m. and 2 a.m.

There are supposed to be two security guards on duty at the library after hours, but both Alex and the woman said they didn’t see or hear any personnel in the building.

“I don’t know exactly where they were,” said Gorman.

Gorman said the security company would be talking to the two guards who were on duty on Friday to determine where they were.

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