Extended library hours suspended during summer term
Issue date: 6/9/06 Section: News
The Undergraduate Student Government Association survey revealed that one of the places that the students wished had more accessible hours was the Hagerty Library. The library now closes at 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The new hours were well received by most University students.
"The library did receive new funding from the provost to continue extended hours next year during the fall, winter and spring terms," said Bryan. "Although we won't extend hours during the summer term, longer hours will resume with the fall term."
Use of the library during the late hours has been carefully monitored by Hagerty faculty in order to ensure that students have been getting the best use out of the new schedule. Every Monday through Thursday night, faculty took two head counts, at 11:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m., to learn how many students were present in the facility at late at night.
"So far this term, our late-night high count was 199 students at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24, and 97 students at 1:30 a.m. the same night," Bryan said. "We expect to see high numbers this week and next, too."
Bryan said that the current Hagerty staff is coping well with their extended work hours.
"We actually hired additional staff to work specifically from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., so they knew of the schedule before starting to work at the library, and they seem to be doing okay," she said.
With finals week approaching, the number of students working early and late in the library has been increasing. Across the board, students seem very pleased with their increased access to the library.
"I think the extended library hours are great," said Shailja Shah, a junior majoring in biology. "I always seem to be cramming for exams and those late night and early morning hours certainly help."
The USGA is also pleased with the results of the library hour extension; they hope that this is a step in the right direction for the University.
"The students have been asking for extended hours in several buildings for some time now and it's great to see the library being so responsive to the students' needs," said USGA President Daniel Steinberg said. "We're absolutely pursuing similar programs with other locations on campus. Hopefully, they'll see what the library has done and we'll be able to make our campus truly student-friendly."