Extended hours for the library

September 29, 2011

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, 

The Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons has extended its open hours in response to ASSU and student requests—particularly for increased hours on Sundays—and to support the university’s new block schedule for classes.  

The library will now be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday, an increase of four hours of study time. Additionally, in order to support the many classes that begin at 7:45 a.m., the library will also open earlier on weekday mornings, at 7:30 a.m. 

Since Monday, Sept. 19, the library and learning commons has been open as follows: 

Sunday, 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. (Previously, 1-9 p.m.) 

Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m. (Previously, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.) 

Friday, 7:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. (Previously, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) 

Saturday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. (Previously the same) 

The increased hours are in response to a longstanding request from students, including a resolution passed by the Associated Students of Seattle University in November 2010, which read in part: “Whereas many students are requesting additional library operating hours….[l]et it be resolved that as library staffing budgets are prepared for 2011-2012, extra hours of operation, especially on Sundays, are considered.”    

Because extending library hours requires a certain minimum staff presence to keep the facility open, provide basic service and contribute to personal safety and building security, the library requested a new position for FY 2012, and the provost and university administration supported the request. With the addition of one full-time senior library technician this fall, the library administration made it a priority to extend its open hours. 

“We were pleased to see students taking advantage of our extended Sunday hours on the very first weekend of the quarter and happy we could provide this additional access and service,” the library’s director of public services, Judy Solberg, said. 

The provost’s support of the new position, and the creativity and commitment of the library’s managers and staff also made it possible to open the library earlier on weekday mornings in support of the new block scheduling. 

The 24/7 Zone on Floors 1 and 2 will continue to be available to SU students, faculty and staff when the library is closed. Use of campus ID cards for after-hours access and the presence of SU Public Safety officers on-site help to create a secure environment for our campus community.    

John Popko
University Librarian
 

CONTACT: John Popko.

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