to be open 24 hours during finals
May 2, the library will be open all day long for student
Look out Dennys, IHOP and Ol South.
As finals week approaches, students looking for a place
to pull an all-nighter will soon have one on campus.
Starting May 2, the library will operate 24 hours for
all of finals week. It was originally scheduled for
the last two weeks of school.
an e-mail sent to the student body March 30, Jay Zeidman,
president of the Student Government Association, said
SGA had secured 24-hour library service for the last
two weeks of school. However, library staff said this
statement had been published before it was finalized
by the staff members.
June Koelker, associate university librarian, said they
decided to have finals week as 24 hour because it was
most critically needed. The details are still being
worked out, she said.
We feel our students and faculty have a need to
be here and we want to meet those needs, Koelker
It isnt as easy as opening the doors to the library,
Koelker said. Safety, cleanliness and employees are
just a few of the issues still under consideration.
Campus police will be watching the library through the
night, she said.
cost of keeping the library open is still being calculated,
Koelker said. The main cost will come from the additional
wages for police, employees, student staff and housekeeping
services, she said.
Reference librarian Susan Hawk said the library staff
is excited to give students a place to study that is
open at any hour. The library has never been open 24
hours before, but the suggestion for extended hours
has come up, Hawk said.
We decided that the only way to find out if extended
hours would work is to give it a try, Hawk said.
Koelker said the need for 24-hour library service became
apparent through student surveys.
Weve continued to add more library hours
off and on for a few years, Koelker said. Were
trying to please the students.
Hawk said students should be aware that even though
the library will be open 24 hours, not all regular services
will be available. Although, there will probably be
a reference librarian and someone at the computer help
desk always on duty, she said.
Its hard to have everything open all night,
Hawk said. If students are just looking for a
place to study or do computer stuff, theyll be
Students will also be able to check out books or items
on reserve, Koelker said.
Two or three students will volunteer for extra hours,
Koelker said. Those that work from 12 a.m. to 7 a.m.
will likely receive additional compensation, she said.
Megan Jolley, a senior communication studies major,
said she will definitely take advantage of the new library
I think its a great idea because now students
can stay a lot longer than 1 a.m., Jolley said.
Jolley found out that the library would be open 24 hours
from her mom who works at TCU, she said. The best part
will be during finals week because students will be
able to come in more than an hour before an 8 a.m. final
to study, Jolley said.
Sometimes its an inconvenience to not have
the library open 24 hours, she said. It
gets tough around crunch time when the computers and
tables are all full.
The turnstile that students walk through to enter the
library will keep count of how many actually use the
library during the times it is usually closed, Koelker
This is an experiment for us, Koelker said.
Through it, we will learn how to best meet students
needs in the future.