Joyner Library responds to student demand with trial 24/5 schedule

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Joyner Library is responding to student demand with a trial 24/5 operating schedule for the 2013-14 academic year.

Beginning August 19 and continuing through the spring semester, Joyner Library will be open 24 hours a day, 5 days a week.

This pilot initiative is a result of student demand for expanded hours to work on assignments, use library resources, collaborate on group projects and complete an array of other academic tasks. With the extended hours, the library will open at 10 a.m. on Sunday and remain open until closing at 9 p.m. on Friday.

After 11 p.m., an ECU OneCard is required for entry.  At 2 a.m. the basement, second and third floors will be closed for housekeeping and reduced staffing, while the first floor will remain open overnight. The second and third floors will reopen at 7:30 a.m.  Security staff will be present during all operating hours.

Mark Sanders, assistant director for Public Services, said, “We are committed to being responsive to our patrons’ needs and 24 hour access is one of the requests we most frequently receive from students.  We will monitor the hourly building use data during the overnight period of the fall and spring semesters to see if it supports making 24/5 access permanent.  I’m hopeful it will.”

Joyner Library’s complete operating hours can be found at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/libhours.cfm.  Operating hours are reduced during breaks, intercession periods and summer semesters.  For more information, contact Mark Sanders at sandersm@ecu.edu.

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