Library tries out longer hours at exam time

By Dale Johnson Posted: January 13, 2017 6:00 a.m.

 The main floor of the Archer Library stayed open into the wee hours during exam time.
The main floor of the Archer Library stayed open into the wee hours during exam time. Photo: U of R Photography

Students often say they need more time to study for finals – and for the first time the Archer Library offered longer hours during exams last month.  

Instead of closing at 11:00 p.m., part of the Library was open until 2:00 a.m. for night owls.

“Interest had been expressed in the past from students and library employees,” explains University Librarian Brett Waytuck.

“We administered an in-house student survey in the Fall, and the response was overwhelming in support of extended hours,” he says.

From 11:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. the main floor remained open for study space, computers and printing. No other library services were available.

Waytuck says overall, the extended hours worked well.

“There was no effect on library staff. Monitoring during extended hours was provided by community assistants from Student Affairs. These assistants normally provide evening and nighttime monitoring of the residence information desks on campus, and we were able to utilize their services for our extended hours,” he says.

“Security is present 24 hours a day on campus. No adjustments to shifts were required – just adjustments to routines,” Waytuck adds.

Waytuck says the library averaged 138 people each evening, and there were usually about 35 people in the library at 1:30 a.m.  

So did enough people use the library to mean this will happen again?

“The numbers of students making use of the service would warrant us considering this again during future exam periods, provided we have the budget and logistical support,” Waytuck says.
 
“The University Library was excited to expand our services for students, and appreciate the support we received from units across the university. We hope that the extended hours were helpful for the students who came to the library as they prepared for exams and final projects.”