Wild in Wyllie: Library extends limited hours for finals

Ever wonder why our esteemed John Cook Wyllie Library does not have round-the-clock hours during finals week?

Junior political science and economics major Dakota Hill uses a computer in the John C. Wyllie Library. The library will stay open an extra hour from Sunday to Thursday during exams. Photo by Jordan Fifer | The Highland Cavalier
Junior political science and economics major Dakota Hill uses a computer in the John C. Wyllie Library. The library will stay open an extra hour from Sunday to Thursday during exams. Photo by Jordan Fifer | The Highland Cavalier

“It comes down to economics,” said Library Director Robin Benke. “We are also under-staffed and are down one librarian.”

This situation extends past just simple economics, though.

It falls on the responsibility of the student body.

“I don’t think we’ve ever been asked about the hours” during finals week, said Vickie Fields, the library secretary.

Many times when we go to the library to use a computer, to print out papers or read material for class, it seems that the computers are taken up by those who would rather check the social media world.

Benke pointed to the possibility of having round-the-clock library hours once the new library is completed.

“When the new library is completed, we will have a section open 24- hours so students may study,” he said.

For those of us concerned with the here and now, we must utilize the current extended hours next week during exams.

Benke pointed out that statistics kept by the staff do show that more students tend to use the library during midterms and finals week.

This suggests that students run quicker to the library during exam week than shoppers running to a Black Friday special.

The library appears to understand the bind and pressure that students feel during exam week, so they have taken steps to quell tension.

All next week, the library will be providing snacks, hot chocolate and coffee for students while they study during this critical time.

Use the library as much as you can during exams.

It will get you away from the distractions of your room such as your television and bed.

Good luck next week, and remember: you can’t blame library economics on not passing those final exams.

Take advantage of the opportunity the library offers now, even without round-the-clock hours.

Finish strong!

Corey Sanchez

Communications major Corey Sanchez served as The Highland Cavalier's opinion editor and assistant sports editor for the 2012-2013 academic year. He previously served as a staff writer.

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