With the help of PCC’s Associated Students, Shatford Library started its extended hour’s period on Monday to help students study for finals. The library will be open on Thursday, Monday, and Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m, and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The library will also be open this weekend including Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, when the library is usually closed, will also be open from noon until 6 p.m.
Access Services and Emerging Technologies Librarian Eric Hanson said that the library discussed lengthening the hours with AS.
“We have extended hours in the past but due to budget cuts, it became difficult,” he said.
“AS approached us and wanted the hours to be extended. We worked with them to make it happen,” said Hanson.
“Library is pretty busy during finals week,” said Library Dean Mary Ann Luan said. “But it’s not busier than usual.”
According to Luan, one huge factor of the extension of the hours was the library’s previous data.
“We checked our records to see what days students use the library the most,” she said. “We saw that many students use the library the week before finals and the first days of finals week.”
AS Vice President of Academic Affairs Jason Herbert said the students needed the library hours to be extended.
“Most community college and university libraries are opened 24 hours a day and it seemed unfair for our library to close early,” he said.
Herbert said the AS decided to talk to the staff in the Shatford Library after hearing complaints from students.
Communications major Hector Romeo decided to study for his final in the library instead of his house.
“Studying on campus makes you focused and have a school mindset since you’re not distracted like you are when you’re home,” he said.
There are advantages for students who study at the library compared to studying at home alone.
“It’s gives students a quiet place to study where the materials they might need are available,” said Hanson.
“We have different resources like textbooks collection which students can use while they are campus.”
The library will resume normal operating hours on Wednesday.
“It seems students take their finals during the first half of finals week,” Hanson said.
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