Parks Library is open 24/7 April 22-May 4, 2018.

Apr 18, 2018

Spring semester is rapidly coming to a close, and that can only mean one thing. Parks Library will be open around the clock April 22-May 4, 2018. Students and faculty recognize the extent and value of services offered in the library and have been quick to express their gratitude for the extended hours at the conclusion of each semester. Extra library time has been cited by more than a few students as one of the reasons for their success in the final days of the semester.

“We are pleased to keep Parks Library open continuously during dead and finals weeks,” said Dean of Library Services Beth McNeil. “We offer a quiet place for serious studying around the clock for those 13 days. This semester we are grateful that our partnership continues with Student Wellness to offer some additional stress-reducing activities.”

Check websites or call before you go. A variety of activities to foster student wellness will take place in Parks (Upper Rotunda unless stated otherwise) over the next two weeks:

  • Expanded hours for Barks@Parks during Dead Week: 1-5 p.m., MWF; 11a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday. Follow the paw prints.
  • Coloring pages and books, puzzles, and games.
  • Mindfulness Room, Room 297, is available during library hours.
  • Chair massages will be offered three days during Dead Week. There will be one chair available 1-4 p.m., MWF.

Hours for some services housed in Parks Library may be modified or extended:

  • Bookends Café, Room 184, will be open expanded hours. Students and faculty can stop by for food and fuel until 11 p.m., April 27 and 28 and until 2 a.m. April 29-May 2. Bookends is back to regular hours May 3-4.
  • IT Solution Center, Room 192, will be open until 2 a.m., April 22-May 3, and will be open until 5 p.m. on May 4.

The library boasts reliable Internet access and USB ports and electric outlets for devices are plentiful, as many more were added over spring break. Students say the library is bright and full of other people engaged in coursework, too, which makes it a good alternative to a dorm room or apartment, especially at night.

Speaking of home, when students reach the point where they’ve had enough and need to sleep, they are encouraged to go home and get solid rest. Over 11,000 people use the library each day and more during the next few weeks, so with student academic success, safety and space as the main concerns, literally living at the library for these next two weeks is discouraged. Come early. Stay late. Go home to sleep.

Special Collections and University Archives and the Media Center will maintain regular hours. For additional information about hours, resources and services, visit the University Library website. For additional information about Bookends Café, visit the ISU Dining website. For additional information, visit the Student Wellness site.