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We understand the desire to use the library at any time of day; it’s a wonderful place to work, and we love it.
However, as you know, we don’t have an unlimited budget or staff, meaning that we have to make hard decisions about how we deploy our resources and which hours we are open.
One major limiting factor for us is that we do not have a separate room within the library that has outside access and that can be locked apart from the rest of the library. Thus, if we want to extend hours, we must have staff in the building to ensure the security of the library’s resources.
We regularly track and evaluate the number of people in the library during the course of the day (at least one week every semester is set aside for tracking . At this point, we do not see that usage justifies any extra hours during the academic semesters. For example, we have very few people in the library on Fridays and Saturdays, making it difficult to argue for extending hours in the evenings those days. When we extend our hours before and during finals weeks, we see rapidly decreasing library usage after 11 p.m., making it hard for us to consider extending hours past midnight throughout the semester. If we desired to extend hours, we would need to ask the HU administration for additional staff and funds, and right now we don’t think we could justify such a request.
We do hope to extend summer semester hours, by opening at 8 a.m. instead of 8:30, to give graduate students the time to print materials prior to their 9 a.m. classes. This will be dependent on having money available.
Please do continue to let us know when you want to use the library, and show us with your presence in the library that you value what the library offers. We will continue to listen, and do our best, within our resource constraints, to meet your needs.