Starting Monday, October 19, the 1st floor of Library North will remain open until 10:30 PM, Mondays through Thursdays.
Based upon the results of the recent online survey (and thanks to everyone who took the time to respond about time and schedule preferences) the highest student desire is for study space and access to computers. Also, the preference for extending evening hours outweighed opening on Sundays.
Most of the Library will still close at 9:00 PM Mondays-Thursdays. All of Library South will be closed as well as the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors of Library North. Only the 1st floor of Library North will remain open until 10:30.
This will accommodate the need for access to study space and computers. The 125 workstations in the Information and Learning Commons (ILC) will be available. The print reference collection will also be available (but not the circulating collection housed in Library South).
After 9:00 PM only very basic assistance by a Library Assistant will be available at the Information and Learning Commons counter. Community Support Officers (“yellow shirts”) will be patrolling and providing building security after closure of the rest of the Library.
This is a bare-bones response to the needs students have communicated. The Library has not discovered a pot of “new” money; its budget remains under the same challenges facing all campus entities. Dollars supporting extended hours are additional dollars taken from the budgets supporting purchase of information resources and staff assistance in their use.