Looking for a quiet place to study and do research after 11 p.m. at night? You could be hard-pressed to find it.
For a student who works after classes, or is doing a group project with someone who does, a place to go once lounges close is a must. Other students prefer studying at late hours. The 24-hour study room might seem like a good solution to this, but it isn’t as helpful as it seems.
Since there is not an on-campus location for students to hang out after lounges close, this room is often filled with people who play music and talk, an environment many students cannot study in. Also, even if only quiet studiers used the study room, the space is not large enough to accommodate multiple groups.
The 24-hour study room does not provide access to vital resources. While some books can be checked out, some of the most desirable resources are in the reference section and cannot be checked out.
Many larger universities have 24-hour libraries, but we realize this may not be necessary or feasible for us. However, if the library hours would extend until 2 or 3 a.m., it would be a great asset.
Only minimal staff would be needed for these hours, and it would fill a need and increase the appeal of the library as a whole. It would provide more hours for work-study students.
Members of the board of trustees have discussed extending library hours. Let’s make it happen, even if it requires a larger supply of library coffee.
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