Intense studiers at the College now need to stock up on two additional hours worth of Starbucks. Swem Library recently extended its closing hours to 2:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights.
“We have been talking about this for a long time,” said Berna Heyman, Associate Dean of the University Library. “Extended hours has been one of the top priorities of students. With some of the changes on campus, like closed classrooms [where students studied in years past], the needs are more pronounced.”
Heyman gave credit to Connie McCarthy, Dean of University Libraries, for attaining funding over the summer, the “first phase” of this project. Swem faculty also thanked Vice President for Student Affairs Sam Sadler, Vice President for Administration Anna Martin and Campus Police for their support in launching these new hours.
The additional two hours only affect those studying or reading. Regular library services, such as the reverses desk and circulation (checking out books), still terminate at midnight. The Mews Café continues its usual closing hour of 10:00 p.m.
“There have been about 150 students between the 12:00 and 1:00 time period,” said Heyman of the inaugural week’s turnout. She also points out that two separate shifts of Campus Police will be on duty for these late hours.
Campus Escort, a program run by Alpha Phi Omega, will continue to be available at 221-3293 until 1:00 a.m. to return students to their dorms. Senior Justine Davis, Service Vice-President for APO, stated that Escort has considered extending its service until later if the number of post-1:00 a.m. calls increases.
“The library’s trying to listen to what the students are telling us,” said Heyman, of a fairly effective beginning for longer Swem hours. If all goes well, the second phase of the hours extension will offer later closing hours Friday and Saturday nights, as well as an early opening on Sundays, in the spring.