by Nicole Maldonado | Staff Writer|
There are not enough minutes in the day.
Unfortunately, our library hours don’t accommodate all of our crazy schedules. These hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Current library hours often conflict with student work and class schedules, according to a short survey I conducted among 35 students. Over 85 percent of students polled said they would take advantage of extended hours or want the library to always be open.
Patricia Fischer was asked if she thought the library should be open 24-hours, “Yes! I get off work at midnight and can definitely use late night library hours, at least till two a.m.,” she said.
I agree with Fischer, because I can relate with late work nights.
“As students we live very busy lives, some of us have to work graveyard shifts to accommodate the predominately morning class availability. I work and go to school full time, having access to campus services around the clock would be an extremely useful tool in my academic success” said Jennifer Fuentes.
There are some students that have security and budget concerns about the issue. Student Whitney Mayo along with other concerned students feels that if the library’s hours are extended that there will be a spike in tuition fees; others are worried about late night safety.
These are reasons why the library hours are set to what they are; however some alterations may be on the horizon.
Dean Cesar Caballero of the library also has safety concerns and explained the rationale of library hours. According to Caballero, the hours were reduced last year due to the decreased budget, which means less money to operate such a large and costly building.
Unfortunately, usage statistics show that 24-hour library use or even extended hours are not needed for current students.
But it is needed. Student Julio Ibarra favors 24-hour library service or at least extended hours. “Due to the hard economic times I am forced to work longer hours, this makes it difficult for assignments to get done during the day and even more difficult when the library is not accessible at all times. The availability of the library 24/7 would be a great tool for students like me who don’t have the fortune of being able to use the library during the day; nonetheless access to the Internet and a computer at home,” said Ibarra.
All students are encouraged to make extended hours of the library possible. “I just need to know the demand is there. If there are a significant number of students that want extended hours I would consider it strongly,” said Caballero.
For all hardworking students that want later library hours please make your desire known! Study in the library when you can and even talk to Caballero about the issue.
Caballero said, “We have plans for the future, about three to four years into the future, to expand the library building. We are planning to have a study room open 24 hours on the side of the building which is contained, has computers and cameras for safety. It’s in the works.”
I most definitely think that the library should be open all day and night, or at least have extended hours. This university has over 17,500 students that have a hard time fitting library time into their hectic schedules. And I am one of them.