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(Oct 5/09) Innis hours should be extended to start at 8am. With students starting class at 8:30am, it allows them to use the local photo-copier or any business/commerce books for a short while before class starts...this is essential to obtain that last moment refresher before an exam, or print off an assignment for that 8:30am class because your printer broke the night before. Moreover, often business/econ/commerce classes suggest to students that reading the newspaper should be done everyday; in class profs often refer to newspaper articles that morning that you should have read. For those that dont get newspapers at home or dont get specific ones (i.e., how many people get the Financial Times at home??), by opening at 8am you are allowing students to further their educational horizon and get more out of the classes we are already paying too much for. Even if its a quick perusal of the papers for 15mins starting at 8am, this will make them more aware of the current issues and contribute more valuably to class. By not opening at 8am, I suggest that you are taking away from students educational experience, and hindering their growths as contributing members of the classroom and society.

Library response: Thank you for raising your concerns about the opening hours of Innis Library.  Due to our limited staffing resources, we could open at 8:00 a.m., but that may mean we would have to close earlier, thereby taking away study space and library resources from those who require later night hours.   If you are looking to print off an assignment or use a photocopier early in the morning the good news is that the Mills and Thode Libraries are open at 8:00 a.m.   The Learning Commons in Mills is open until 2:00 a.m. from now until Dec. 6th, and it is open 24/7 during exams.  Our newspapers are delivered at a central location and are usually not ready for public perusal until after 8:30 a.m.  But did you know they are available online?

We strive to be able to offer the best services to a broad range of students all of whom have different needs.  Your concern is valid and I will be certain to consider it and other
suggestions as we make decisions about library hours in the future.

 Submitted on behalf of Ann Pearce, Supervisor, Information Services, Innis Library

(Oct 30/09)
Answered by: Lynn Schneider (Supervisor, Circulation & Collection Maintenance, Health Sciences Library),bannisl

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