Starting fall 2019, the Cunningham Memorial Library will have new hours of operation.
The new hours will be 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 1 a.m. on Sundays.
After evaluating gate counts, the library noticed after 1 a.m. the amount of people in the library dropped significantly.
The decision was made with the help and support from SGA.
Greg Youngen, Associate Library Dean said “The big exit from the library seems to be around 1a.m. We didn’t know why but after talking to some of our student employees we realized that many papers for classes are due at midnight. Many people around that time seem to leave and after that there is only a handful of people left in the library.”
Robin Crumrin, Dean of the Library said, “We will now be able to concentrate our services of our peak hours when people are in the building.”
The busiest time the library is used is during study week and finals. In order to meet the needs of students the library will be open 24 hours during study week and final week like it is now.
During regular hours next year there will be announcements starting 45 minutes before the library closes.
Along with the new hours, the library has added new security gates, new book drops, new white boards and made more study rooms.
“We are really looking at how the space is being used at the library and figuring out what we can do to make the library a beneficial space for studying,” said Crumrin. “We like seeing flexibility in the building.”
The library is always open to suggestions, which can be made at the circulation desk.