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(Oct 3/21) I have a daughter who likes studying in libraries because it helps her focus and maximize her every minute of the time. But all libraries are closed during weekends and during fall terms they are operating with reduced hours, especially health science library is only open 11 am to 4pm Monday to Friday due to COVID. But most of students and staff got vaccinated and most of our lives are back to normal with safety measures. Even though the university wants to avoid congregations of students inside buildings by reducing hours, in really students are gathering outside of school, eg) having homecoming parties, watching foot ball games held by McMaster. Keeping libraries closed would prevent COVID spread? I dont think so. Students need a space to study. Its very frustrating. Closing libraries during weekends and 4pm during weekdays... where do you think Students should go and study?

Library response: Thank you for your suggestion. We have been ramping up library hours over this 1st month or so of the term, as both students and staff adjust to being back on campus, adding evening and Sunday hours in Mills Library just this past week. Hours will reduce over Reading Week, but will revert to almost full regular hours after that. Keep an eye on library.mcmaster.ca/hours for our most recent hours, including those in the Health S ciences Library. (Oct 3/21)
Answered by: Anne Pottier (Associate University Librarian, Library Services)
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(Apr 6/19) It is quite inconvenient that the library closes at 5:45 on the weekend. Shall we just stop studying at 5:45? Considering how few decent places with natural light there are on campus, this is just one more disappointment at McMaster. I dont understand why the library study areas cant be open 24 hours, as they should be at a major research university with 30 thousand students.

Library response: Thanks for taking the time to share your concerns. Unfortunately, for patient safety reasons, the HSL will never be able to provide 24 hour access without major renovations. I'm happy to share the details of the issue if contact me directly. In terms of evening hours, we have been working with student leadership to determine whether or not there is a demand for extended Saturday hours. Because we are working with a limited budget, any additional hours we add on Saturday evenings will have to be taken from somewhere else in the week. We are investigating opening later on Sundays in order to come up with the necessary funds. I hope this will help with your studies next Fall. (Apr 8/19)
Answered by: Jennifer McKinnell (Director, Health Sciences Library)
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(Mar 28/18) Can Innis please be open on Saturday during exam season? Although its small, Innis is by far the cleanest and friendliest library and the defacto best place to study on campus!(<- a fact, not an opinion) Wed all really appreciate more of this librarys hours.

Library response: Thank you for your kind comments about Innis Library, I'll pass them along to the Innis staff.  I'll also pass along your comments to our hard working cleaning staff.  I'm sure she'll be happy to hear one of our users notices the work she does each day to keep Innis clean. I have great news!  Innis Library does extend its hours during exam time to include Friday night and during the day on Saturday.  Innis will also be open late night hours from 8:30am - 1:45am Monday to Thursdays starting Monday, April 9th.  You can access our Library hours here: library.mcmaster.ca/hours-info/week-innis/2018-W15 Thank you again for your comments and good luck on your exams!   (Mar 29/18)
Answered by: Ann Pearce (Supervisor, Information Services, Innis Library)
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(Feb 8/18) Please extend Innis Library hours. The late hours are very useful and appreciated. This library is the best and favorite study area for many of us. Thank You

Library response: Thank you for your submission to our online suggestion box regarding late night hours at Innis Library after Reading Week.    Last term, Thode Library began offering late-night studying hours earlier in the term, immediately after Reading Week, the same as Innis Library.  The impact of the availability of this additional study space on the use of Innis was significant.  Innis saw its number of users drop dramatically as Thode’s numbers rose, dropping down to more than half of the previous year’s numbers.  As a result, we found it wasn’t feasible to keep Innis open for late-night studying this term.    However, we will be opening our space for late-night studying during the coming exam period.  You will find more details posted on the Hours section of the Library website.  We will continue to review our late-night studying offering for the 2018 – 2019 academic year.   (Feb 9/18)
Answered by: Ann Pearce (Supervisor, Information Services, Innis Library)
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(Feb 4/18) We had booked a study room in Mills library until 6pm on Saturday. We were told to vacate it by staff at 5:45pm due to closing procedure but were not aware of this since our booking said till 6pm nor had we heard the announcement. Could a change be made to the online booking schedule to be until 5:45 instead of 6?

Library response: Thanks for submitting your comment. I am sure this was frustrating for you. We will adjust the times for the last booking of these rooms to reflect the 15 min earlier closing. Have a good day (Feb 5/18)
Answered by: Anne Pottier (Associate University Librarian, Library Services)
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(Sep 30/16) Keep Thode open 24/7 all the time please.

Library response: Thanks for your suggestion.  Unfortunately we don't have the budget nor the staff to keep any of our libraries open 24/7. You can use the Mills Learning Commons 24/5 after the Fall Recess period. At the same time Innis Library will start remaining open Monday through Thursday until 3am for Silent Late Night Studying. The week before exams the Mills Learning Commons and Thode Library move to a 24/7 schedule. More information about Library Hours, including those at the Health Sciences Library, can be found at http://library.mcmaster.ca/hours-info/day   (Sep 30/16)
Answered by: Anne Pottier (Associate University Librarian, Library Services)
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(Feb 4/16) I have been really surprised at how all the McMaster libraries close at the same time during the school year at 10:45pm. At my undergraduate university, which had only about 7000 students, the main library was open until 2am every day. The situation at McMaster really makes it difficult to find study space at night when I personally am very productive. I have actually found that there are usually a good number of people forced to leave at the end of every night especially during midterms. In addition, there are likely many students who do not come to the library because of their early closing time. I understand that running all libraries past a specific time is expensive. The Learning Commons are traditionally open much later, however they can be very noisy. I suggest that one of the major libraries like Mills, Thode or Health Sciences be open until 2am during the school year. This will allow students who get more work done late at night to study without distractions. Many of us including myself find it difficult to concentrate at home so study in the library.

Library response: Thanks for submitting your comments. Each term we roll out extended hours as demand and use dictates im Mills, Innis and Thode libraries. The Health Sciences library determines its own hours. For the first couple of weeks of each term we provide standard hours since late night studying is not something students want or require. Once we get past the 1st month or so, we start providing late night hours, Sunday to Thursday until 2am and Friday and Saturday until 10pm, in the Mills Learning Commons. The next milestone is reading week each term - the Learning Commons goes 24/5 at this point, Sundays to Thursdays. Last term we introduced Quiet Late Night Studying in the Innis Library (KTH-108) Mondays to Thursdays, staying open until 3am. We will be doing this again starting the Monday after the spring Reading Week. Finally, as we approach exams, we move into 24/7 in the Mills Learning Commons and Thode Library, and the main part of Mills Library and Innis Library go into extended hours, 8am to 11pm, 7 days per week. We will continue the Quiet Studying at Innis until 3am, Mondays to Thursdays. We re-evaluate our hours, based on statistics from previous semesters, and make changes as required. Complete details about Library Hours can be found on the library website.  (Feb 5/16)
Answered by: Anne Pottier (Associate University Librarian, Library Services)
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(Sep 27/14) When are the libraries going to become 24/7? Mid-terms are coming up and i am looking for a quiet space to study at night.

Library response: The Learning Commons on the 2nd floor of Mills will be moving to 24/5 hours (Sunday through Thursday) as of Tuesday October 14th. The Mills Learning Commons and all of Thode Library will be open 24/7 several days before and throughout the exam period. For more information about library hours check out our new hours site @ http://library.mcmaster.ca/hours-info/day (Sep 30/14)
Answered by: Anne Pottier (Associate University Librarian, Library Services)
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(Feb 28/14) It will be better for commerce student if mills/innis can extend one hour on Friday. Most of our commerce midterm start at 7pm but mills/innis close at 5:45. It is inconvenience for us to find the other study space and only less than one hr left to study. If the library close at 7pm, it will be much more convenience for us. I do understand everyone wanna go home early on Friday

Library response: Thanks for your message. We can consider this request for the fall term, since we are pretty much past the midterm exam period for this term.  (Mar 6/14)
Answered by: Anne Pottier (Associate University Librarian, Library Services)
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(Mar 31/13) 24 hour quiet study space...Is that so much for ask for? Emphasis on QUIET. Considering how much it costs to study at this university I expect to be provided with a quiet place to study at night. I thought it was something really obvious, after all it is a university.

Library response: As we get closer to exams we will be providing more 24/7 study hours. The quietest study space will be available at Thode Library, which moves to 24/7 on Wednesday April 10th. The Mills Learning Commons is already 24/5, moving to 24/7 on Sunday April 7th. We recognize that this space is normally not quiet, but it does get quieter the closer we get to exams. The main part of Mills Library moves to extended hours (8am to 11pm) from April 7th to April 30th. The entire 6th floor of Mills is SILENT at all times. There is also a very large QUIET study area on the west side of the 4th floor, down the ramp off the New Media Centre lobby. We hope everyone will be able to find the perfect study space for your own needs. Good luck on your exams! (Apr 1/13)
Answered by: Anne Pottier (Associate University Librarian, Library Services)
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