Letter to the Editor: Open library longer before exams

Submitted by Landry Mullins in response to the Dec. 5 article “Wild in Wyllie: Library extends limited hours for finals”

The current library hours for Monday through Thursday are from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. These so-called extended hours are from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

I understand the library is under-staffed, but simply adding one extra hour does not significantly benefit the student body.

I am not, however, in favor of a 24/7 library, as I feel the average college student is not going to be working past 2 or 3 a.m.

In addition, extra employees would need to be hired to operate the library between the hours of 2 to 8 a.m.

A student cannot be hired for that position because he or she likely has class the following day.

It would also be difficult for a librarian.

Therefore, I am simply asking the college to extend the hours of operation on Monday through Thursday to midnight and on Friday until 1 a.m. and possibly 2 a.m.

These extended hours should be in effect starting one week before midterms and ending on Fall Break and again two weeks before final exams and ending on the last exam testing day.

The reason I suggest the extended hours starting early is because most professors pile final papers on students’ desks that are due the week before exams.

Students need every hour possible to ensure they get their research completed.

Since it is unlikely that the library hours will change, I want to remind students that there are alternatives available to all UVa-Wise residential students.

McCraray Hall is a living-learning community for freshmen, which provides the best environment for new students.

There is a 24/7 study hall located on the bottom floor of the building.

There are also classrooms open for residents in Commonwealth, Culbertson and Henson.

Mullins is a junior administration of  justice major

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