Student reaction to the change in library’s summer hours



What kinds of reactions will students have to the changing library hours during the summer? Will the Students view it in the same light as the administration? Read on to find out.

The reactions were mostly positive and understanding. Ryan Law, who is a telecommunications major here at Skyline, thinks it is a good idea; “It saves money that the school can use elsewhere.”

Law, who has most of his classes during the day but also has a class at night, has observed that the library on campus is more heavily used during the day. “At nighttime, the library is dead,” says Law, “but in the morning, from around 9:00 to 12:00, it is packed.”

Law believes that most people, himself included, utilize the library between classes as a quiet place to study, research or do homework. He has met only one person who has gone to the Skyline library over the weekend.

Another student at Skyline, Rena Aiken, is also understanding of the changes, but a little less so than Law. Aiken, who is a science major, views the library as a very helpful resource she uses during breaks to work on research papers or to study for a midterm or final.

Aiken feels that the library is an academic tool for students, and the main reason why students come to college is to learn. The bottom line, for her, is that it should never be okay to cut into academics. On the other hand, she appreciates the consideration that has been given to the students’ hours.

Aiken, who is a mom, knows that there are people who have kids and a day job, and for these people their only opportunity would be to come at nighttime or on they weekends.

According to Law, a majority of the people in his evening telecommunications class are older people who work in the morning. However, he does not see any of them head up to the library after the class is dismissed.

Students are not the only people who make use of the library. Teachers will frequently schedule a time for them to bring their students down to use the library. Almost always, the teacher will replace their regular class session with the visit to the library, although students will occasionally be required to come to the library on their own free time.

Tom Hewitt, who is the director of library services at Skyline, says that these same services will be available during the summer, but that, generally, a lot fewer teachers use this feature during their summer courses. So, it does not appear as though the time changes will affect teachers in the slightest.

In the end, it seems as though the people in charge of the library have done a good job at saving the school some money while at the same time keeping the library open during the hours it is most widely used. Let’s just hope that everything works during the summer out as it does on paper.

**Note: In the previous article, when recapping the hours at the end, I incorrectly stated that the library closes at 4:00p.m once the evening classes start. They instead close at 9:00p.m. once the evening classes start.