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ISSUE 118 VOL 3 PUBLISHED 10/1/2004

Increase in study hours at library

By Jean Mullins
News Editor

Friday, October 1, 2004

Starting immediately, Rolvaag Memorial Library will be open 15 additional hours during the week. The library extended its hours until 2 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays and until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The library will also open an hour earlier on Saturday morning, at 8 a.m.

Previously, Holland Hall was the late-night place to study on campus. However, Public Safety expressed concern that Holland Hall was too big a building to adequately keep track of students. Public Safety approached the library as a new potential late night study space. Public Safety work-study money formerly used to keep Holland open will now fund the librarys new hours.

The library took the issue to a Student Senate meeting last year and asked for student input as to what hours students wanted to add. The new hours reflect student wishes as vocalized at the meeting.

The library also asked student supervisors what hours they would be able to work.

Until recently, the library was still working out kinks in the system.

"It has taken a little time to get things into place," said Betsy Busa, the student work coordinator in the library.

The library had to find students with work study willing to work the late hours, as well as figure out the logistics of safety and access.

Public Safety will close off all floors except the main floor at midnight, and close the entire library up at 2 a.m. Regular library staff will be in the library until 9 p.m. and refernce librarians will work until 10 p.m.

For safety reasons, when the library is open past midnight, students will only have access to the third floor. Stairwells will be blocked off and the elevators locked to prevent students going to other floors.

The library has also installed motion detectors, but would not disclose where.

Students caught on floors other than the main floor will be considered trespassing by Public Safety and may have to pay a fine.

"We are going to take this very seriously," Bryn Geffert, college librarian, said.

Geffert and Busa think these new hours will work well.

"We are pretty certain we want to continue these hours through second semester," Geffert said.

Busa added that the library might take a poll or have a focus group to see how students feel about the new hours at a later point.

The library does not currently have plans to keep these hours over Interim when the hours have traditionally been cut.

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