The University has listened and acted upon what students told us through National Student Surveys, via RUSU representatives and other channels: that you would like longer Library opening hours.
For the summer exam period, Monday 15 April to Friday 7 June the University Library will remain open 24 hours a day, most of the week. One small exception is that the Library will close 21:00 Saturday night to 08:30 Sunday morning for any essential and highly disruptive building maintenance work. You may like to use this time for some essential rest and recreation yourself. After exams, and for the rest of the summer term, Library opening reverts to normal term-time hours, as extended last spring.
Kara Swift, RUSU’s VP Academic Affairs says:
‘After a long campaign stretching many years of RUSU student officers, I cannot express how pleased I am to see the 24-hour library come into existence! We have been working very closely with the University on out-of-hours study provision this year and a 24-hour Library during the exam period will allow students to continue working in an environment which provides all the learning resources necessary for them to have the best academic experience possible.’
Check full date and time information on our Library opening hours webpage.
Overnight service levels
Whilst the Library will be self-service only from early evening, there is much you can do for yourself. All study areas will be available, as will PC and printing areas and photocopiers. You will be able to borrow material at Self-Service Points, including ‘holds’ you can now collect yourself, thanks to another recent Library service development. Staffed services resume in the morning. Detailed Library service levels information is on our website.
Please note that cleaning, including the use of vacuums, will take place regularly 05:30-08:30 Monday to Friday, plus occasional reactive cleaning. Whilst we apologise for any disturbance to your concentration, this is essential to maintain a pleasent working environment for all.
There will also be fire alarm testing every Monday at 08:30.
Views on 24-hour Library opening
See our blog ‘Your views on 24-hour Library opening’ to find out what some students told us after the first week and give us your own opinions.