In response to recent requests from students, Hackney Library has decided to extend its evening hours until midnight each Sunday through Wednesday night during the regular fall and spring semesters during the 2015-16 academic year.
The extension will provide an extra four hours each week for students, faculty, and staff to make use of the library’s collaborative spaces, Quiet Zone (second floor quiet study), networked computers and wireless laptops, and print materials. As always, electronic books, articles, and other e-resources are available 24/7 from both on and off campus.
Hackney Library’s library faculty and staff will remain on duty until 11 pm as they have in the past on those evenings, with the additional hour Sunday through Wednesday nights to be staffed by former Hackney Library student worker and Barton alumna Crystal Weideman.
The idea of closing the library at midnight rather than 11 pm was first tested out on Sunday and Tuesday nights last spring, when several students approached library director George Loveland about needing a quiet place to study after 11 pm. The experiment went so well that Loveland decided to extend it to four of the nights Hackney Library is open late.
We will continue to evaluate library usage during the 2015-16 year to see how the experiment goes this year. So vote with your presence at midnight if you’re interested in the library continuing these extended hours!