Details regarding the extended opening hours of Hartley Library have been revealed, following the announcement in February that it would be trialling a 24 hour opening period.

 

The library will be open to students for 24 hours on weekdays from 28 April to 6 June. The only day on which the library will not be open throughout the night will be Saturdays, on which the library will close at midnight. The building will subsequently reopen on Sunday mornings at 9am.

 

The decision to implement an altered opening schedule was made based on the results of a focus group and university-wide survey on library usage, which were conducted in order to gauge demand for extended opening hours. Once demand was established, funds were secured from the Education Enhancement Fund to ensure that the library would be safe to use in the extended period, including additional staff and CCTV.

 

It is hoped that the six week trial will help students during the potentially stressful exam period following the Easter break. The idea was a key part of VP Education David Mendoza-Wolfson’s manifesto when he was campaigning for the role last year.

Words: Howell Davies

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