May 2, 2007
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine:
Bailey Library adds services, will open 109 consecutive hours for finals
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Bring on the caffeine. When Slippery Rock University's Bailey Library opens Sunday at 1 p.m., it begins a marathon run of being open 109 continuous hours for finals week - until 2 a.m. Friday.
The extended hours are all part of the library's commitment to students, said Philip Tramdack, library director.
Library officials approved the expanded-hours plan after a request from the Student Government Association. The library experimented with the overnight hours during fall semester's finals week, with 100 students a night taking advantage.
"It went well last time so we're offering it again," Tramdack said. "Our goal is to accommodate the needs of students."
For security reasons, librarians will lock the doors from 2 to 7:45 a.m. Monday-Thursday, allowing students to leave any time but preventing others from entering, Tramdack said. "If you are in the building by 2 a.m. you can study there all night," Tramdack said.
Students will not be able to check out laptops from 2 to 7:45 a.m., but desk computers will be available, and the library plans to serve free refreshments. A reduced staff will be on site all night. The library normally closes at 2 a.m. Sunday-Thursday.
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