Here’s My Suggestion/Idea: It is very difficult when the library closes at midnight and I have to move space to get back into study mode. Is there any way it could even be open until 1 am? Or at least open later the last few weeks of school. Could students volunteer to sit so it could stay open later and work study students do not have to do it? I understand the materials need to be protected. And since our library is staffed by students 24 hr. is unrealistic.
Or at least it could be open later on weekends? Until maybe 8 or 9 pm.
Status (please circle one): undergraduate student
Thank you for your request. We keep all requests for a different schedule of opening hours, and consider them when we create our schedule for the next year.
The short answer to your questions is that we cannot change our schedule, because we cannot increase our staff. We are currently open for those hours that usage statistics tell us are the busiest (and therefore the most needed). Our current schedule makes the most out of our current allotment of student employees as provided to us via federal financial aid. Unfortunately, this allotment has been cut rather drastically over the past few years; so far we have been able to maintain our opening hours despite these cutbacks.
As for your suggestion of volunteer labor, past experiences with volunteers suggest that we can only rely on paid staff when it comes to providing consistent library hours.
Do know that we work very carefully to make the most out of our resources, and this also applies to scheduling. Usage statistics suggest that usage after midnight on weekdays, and on Friday/Saturday nights, would be extremely low. We could not justify scheduling staff for hours during which the building would too often be empty.
The good news: we do offer longer hours and one 24-hour period at the end of the semester, as you have requested. Starting the week before exams, and continuing through reading day and exams, we extend our hours to give you more time. Here’s the schedule:
DEC. 9 –13: UNTIL 2:00 AM
DEC. 14 (READING DAY): OPEN ALL NIGHT
DEC. 15 – 17: UNTIL 2:00 AM
– Maryke Barber, Outreach & Arts Librarian