A 24 hour library
One of my main pledges when I ran to be Vice-President Education last year was to have the library trial 24 hour opening hours and fulfilling that pledge was something I worked incredibly hard on from the beginning of my term.
The library, and particularly its Librarian, Jane Savidge, and Deputy Librarian, Richard Wake, were incredibly helpful and supportive of the idea of having a pilot for a 24 hour library, and so we set about doing some research to ensure that this is what students wanted. Jointly we did a Library Usage Focus Group and then we pushed the library’s Library Usage Survey to get the more comprehensive feedback possible about what students wanted.
The library applied to a University fund called the Education Enhancement Fund for the resource to supply the Hartley with the proper equipment to make sure that students can be safe in the library at all times of day, including extra staff and CCTV, and this bid was fortunately approved.
Yesterday, I met with Jane and she confirmed that she was confident that we’d be going ahead with a pilot for opening the Hartley Library for 24 hours for six weeks during the summer exam period.
Having a 24 hour library will allow students to study when they feel most comfortable studying, and won’t confine people who work best at night to their bedrooms or the inadequate 24 hour space in the Murray Building, and because of that I am incredibly excited by the prospect of this pilot.
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Thanks for reading,