The Woodruff Library announced that it will adopt new weekend hours, starting Feb. 3, for the spring semester. Instead of closing at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, as it has in the past, it will now close at midnight. These changes came as response to a request made by Student Government Association (SGA) on behalf of students. We are excited for these changes, and not just because of students’ frequent late nights there.
This is a clear instance of the administration taking student concerns into account and works to find a solution. SGA did a great job of presenting a problem and working to find a successful fix. Whether it proves to be “successful” in terms of being worth any additional costs for the University is yet to be seen, but this is a clear sign that the students and administration are willing to work together. We applaud SGA for continuing to advocate for students and appreciate the University being so responsive and accommodating to their students.
Around closing time on the weekends, a flock of students can always be seen leaving the library. Providing students a few additional hours could be extremely helpful, especially on weekend nights, where finding a quiet place to work on campus can prove very difficult.
We hope that the University continues to monitor library use during these additional hours and, if it proves a worthwhile investment, use resources to expand available late night study options for students.
The above staff editorial represents the majority opinion of the Wheel’s editorial board.