Weekend evening hours extended for Robert W. Woodruff Library
In response to student requests, the Robert W. Woodruff Library at Emory University will extend its hours for Levels 1 through 3 on Friday and Saturday until midnight, starting Feb. 3. Previously those library levels closed at 8 pm.
The extended hours apply to the use of the space and computers, but not to the service desk, said library security team leader Terence Jefferson.
Representatives from the Student Government Association (SGA) met with library administrators in facilities, services and facilities divisions in November to discuss the possibility of extending hours at Woodruff Library. The group also discussed the hours of operation among the top 20 university libraries in the country and compared that information to Woodruff Library occupancy rates on Friday and Saturday evenings in April 2011.
"We are so pleased to work with representatives from the SGA on extending the Robert W. Woodruff Library hours,” said Frances Maloy, services division leader. “It was gratifying to hear from students how vital the library is to them. Even though today's students spend so much of their time in the virtual world, they still need to come to the library and work collaboratively or individually with the vast resources we have to offer.”
The effect of the extended hours on the weekend evening gate traffic will be reviewed at the end of the spring semester, and the library administration will make a decision on whether the extended hours will become permanent based on that information, Jefferson said.
Originally posted 1-23-12
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