Parks Library is open 24/7 Dec. 2-14, 2018

Nov 28, 2018 · M. Monica Gillen

According to the calendar, fall semester is rapidly coming to a close. This means that Parks Library will be open around the clock Dec. 2-14, 2018. The building will close at 2 a.m. and reopen at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 14. 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 they realize their goals and complete assignments in the final days of the semester.

“The library is a welcoming place for students to collaborate, innovate, and learn all throughout the year. I appreciate the extra effort of our library staff to make facilities and resources available around the clock as students wrap up semester work,” said President Wendy Wintersteen. “The library plays a vital role in helping students prepare for final exams, complete projects, and finish the semester strong.”

This semester, the library’s 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., Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday.

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 are extended. Bookends Café, Room 184, will be open expanded hours. Students and faculty can stop by for food and fuel until 11 p.m., Dec. 7, 8 and 13; 2 a.m. Dec. 9-12; and 3 p.m. Dec. 14.

For open-hours information, visit the IT Solution Center website.

“Student success is of paramount importance to us in the library, and our staff is happy to facilitate that however possible,” said Dean of Library Services Beth McNeil. “We’ve heard from numerous students and faculty expressing appreciation for uninterrupted access to the library and materials during this crucial time in the semester.”

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 the next two weeks is discouraged. Come early. Stay late. Go home to sleep.

“Quiet spaces, open at all hours and with access to research materials, are essential resources at the end of the semester,” said Senior Vice President and Provost Jonathan Wickert. “The willingness of our Library faculty and staff to keep the doors open 24/7 during dead week and finals week makes a difference for our students, and is very much appreciated.”

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 additional information, visit the Student Wellness site.