Following a successful trial run during the 2012-2013 academic year, 24-hour access to the main library on the Danforth Campus begins again Sunday, Sept. 8, and includes another night of all-night access each week.
Starting this weekend, Olin Library will stay open to students, faculty, and staff from 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings until 8 p.m. on Friday evenings when fall and spring semester classes are in session. On Saturdays, Olin’s regular hours will be 9 a.m. until 10 p.m., except during reading and exam periods, when the library will provide 24/7 access throughout the weekend as well.
As one student pointed out during last year's experimental phase, "inspiration comes at all hours," and the extended access has been popular among students. It benefits early birds reviewing course material in the wee hours before a morning class as well as night owls hammering out a paper at 3 a.m. Even students less likely to remain in the library at such hours have said they appreciate knowing they may stay as late or as long as they need to, with no pressure to leave at a specific time.
"During the 24-hour pilot last school year, students used Olin at all hours of the night, every night we were open," says Sarah Laaker, manager of user space planning and campus liaison. "This demonstrated that Olin is an important study space for students all day and all night, and we're excited to provide another night of all-night access to support the wide variety of lifestyles and study habits on campus."
Laaker and fellow library staff spearheaded the initiative to expand hours in response to students' needs as expressed in the most recent service-quality survey, where undergrads ranked study space and longer library hours as their top two priorities.
To learn more, see the helpful chart and further information at http://library.wustl.edu/24hours.