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Man avoids detection, stays overnight at Waterloo Public Library

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - The Waterloo Public Library had quite the surprise when they opened their doors Wednesday -- and it wasn't an overdue book.

Staff arrived Wednesday morning to find a man had slept there all night.

"The staff were frightened," Sheryl McGovern, Waterloo Public Library director. "They were frightened and immediately called the police department."

He didn't vandalize or steal anything. He didn't even read a book. He just slept.

The Waterloo library has 60 cameras along with a motion detector.

That motion detector would catch anything that moves and then alerts police.

"So it's really very hard to stay secluded in the library after hours," McGovern said. "We have custodial staff that work after hours and a security guard that would have checked the building too."

This man made it past them all.

But because having someone sleep here overnight is very rare, the library isn't changing security procedures. Still they don't want it to happen again.

"Actually, every once and a while we do find people in the library at closing, and generally the staff encounters them and they've fallen asleep or they're still working and they haven't heard the announcement, so the staff asks them to leave," McGovern said.

Fire code prevents the library from locking anyone in, so this man could have left any time.

He even was sleeping feet away from an exit door.

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