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Cook Library to offer extended hours before Spring Break

26 February 2014 By Sam Shelton, Assistant News Editor One Comment
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Cook Library will be open for extended hours the week before Spring Break, an extension of a pilot program from last Spring.

Beginning at noon on Sunday, March 9, the second and third floors of the library will remain entirely open for student use until 8 p.m. that Friday.

According to Dean of University Libraries Deborah Nolan, this is meant to keep students academically active and invested in their grades as the rest of campus winds down in preparation for the start of Spring Break.

“The extended hours allow students to continue to work collaboratively and individually on their research, writing, studies and projects in Cook Library while other campus buildings are closed,” Nolan said.

And while the second and third levels of the library will remain available for use during the extended hours, some of the other services typically offered to students will not. Aside from security, who will need to see photo ID if a student wishes to enter the library after 10 p.m., certain librarians and staff members will not be working outside of their normal hours.

“Reserve materials will be available at the circulation desk, however reference assistance and circulation services will not be available,” Nolan said.

Nolan also said that the decision to keep the library open was fueled by student suggestion and request. Therefore, the continuation of these midterm extended hour opportunities relies on student use and response.

“This new mid-semester service, offered fall 2013 and again this spring, is a pilot project. We are keeping track of the number of students using the library during each of the extended hours to determine the need to continue to offer the service during the middle of the fall and spring semesters next year,” Nolan said.

This is not to say that the extended hours typically offered toward the end of the term are in any jeopardy. As usual, prior to finals and the end of the semester, the library will be offering similar opportunities for interested students.


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