Bomb threat shuts DePaul library

  • By Peter Sachs
  • Staff Writer
  • February 19, 2009 @ 2:00 PM

A bomb threat has shut down DePaul University's Richardson Library at its Lincoln Park campus. The threat was received sometime before 11:30 a.m. today, DePaul spokeswoman Denise Mattson says.

“All other buildings are open and we are not canceling any classes, Mattson says.

About six police vehicles blocked off the 2300 block of North Kenmore Avenue, keeping cars from passing by. The sidewalks were open, and a steady stream of students paused in front of the library, where a DePaul Campus Safety officer told them the building was closed.

“There was a note left in men’s room stating there were two bombs in the building,” police department spokesman Daniel O’Brian says.

As of 1:30 p.m., O’Brian did not have any other details about the incident.

Officials sent out e-mails to all students and faculty and made announcements over the university’s public address system, Mattson said.

Shortly before 1 p.m., two bomb-sniffing dogs entered the building. Mattson said the university was hoping the library would reopen by mid-afternoon.

 “I think they’re just sweeping the building to make sure and hopefully they don’t find anything,” Mattson said.

Daily News Staff Writer Peter Sachs covers higher education. He can be reached at 773.362.5002, ext. 18


TINA SHAERBAN, 02-19-2009

I heard about this incident through a friend on Twitter. I did not get an email from the DePaul Campus. Citizen journalism is a wonderful thing these days, and Twitter is at the top of everything.