Parks Library is open 24/7 April 28-May 9

Apr 09, 2019

sun, moon, starsThe end of the semester draws near and hints of spring are everywhere. One of those signs is Parks Library will be open around the clock April 28-May 9, during dead and finals weeks. Students, faculty and staff recognize the importance and scope of library services and that access to collections and facilities is key to academic success.

“We are pleased to be able to continue 24/7 hours in Parks during dead and finals weeks, and to offer healthy snacks and to partner with Student Wellness on additional activities,” said Dean of Library Services Beth McNeil. “Supporting our students and their academic success is a top goal for the University Library.”

Check websites or call before you go. A variety of activities to foster student wellness will take place in Parks Library (Upper Rotunda unless stated otherwise) during dead and finals weeks:

  • Hours for Barks@Parks during Dead Week: noon-3 p.m., Monday; noon-4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday. 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 noon-3 p.m., Monday and 1-4 p.m. Wednesday and Friday.

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., May 3 and 4 and until 2 a.m. May 5-8.
  • For hours information, visit the IT Solution Center website.

The library boasts reliable Internet access and USB ports and electric outlets for devices are plentiful. 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, living at the library is discouraged. Come early. Stay late. Go home to sleep.

According to Senior Vice President and Provost Jonathan Wickert, 24/7 Library hours are just one more way Iowa State help students finish the academic year strong.

 “Time spent in the library, often very late at night, was a hallmark of my own student experience,” said Senior Vice President and Provost Jonathan Wickert. “Keeping the library open 24/7 during dead week and finals week is great way for Iowa State’s faculty and staff to help today’s students achieve their academic goals as they race to the finish line of the spring semester.”

Fresh fruit will be available to students at Parks Library during the overnight hours, and other types of snacks may be available, too. Bookends Café in Parks Library will be open expanded hours, too. Students and faculty can stop by for food and fuel until 11 p.m., May 3-4 and until 2 a.m. May 5-8.

Special Collections and University Archives 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 Wellness information, visit the Student Wellness site.