Recently, the Vogel Library extended their hours to open at 9 a.m. on Saturdays.
“The library hours were extended in direct response to student feedback,” said Circulations Services Supervisor Mary Reding.
Reding said discussions with Student Senate as well as a survey from Fall Term indicated the interest in more weekend access.
Lily Zheng is a student working the new Saturday morning shift.
“It is a little frustrating when most student don’t realize we have extended hours, so we end up with very few students studying here at that time,” Zheng said.
Zheng said one weekend they didn’t have any students at 9 a.m. and only seven by 10 a.m..
“We have yet to see many students actually take advantage of the extension,” Reding said.
Reding said more time will hopefully give a better sense of student responses, but direct student reactions are generally positive.
Reding said that the library student workers are excellent.
“We are both proud of and grateful for how willing they are to take on additional shifts to make things work,” Reding said.
With the new extended hours, many students are looking for more extended hours.
“As a student worker I don’t mind working on a weekend. As a student, I would like to see extended hours during the week days to 1 a.m. or even 2 a.m.,” Zheng said.
Reding said there are many different variables to consider before the library could go 24 hours a day.
She said to go 24 hours would mean the library would possibly need card readers, video cameras or sectioning off parts of the library.
Zheng agreed with Reding.
“As a student worker, to be honest, I don’t think it’s at all realistic,” Zheng said. “I think it’s going to be very difficult to find any student who’d be willing to work until 2 a.m. every week.”
Reding said that library staff members have also extended their hours.
“Like our student employees, our library staff members have to take on additional morning hours to accommodate the change,” Reding said.
Reding said they do this because they believe the increased hours benefit the Wartburg students.
She said the true goal is to make the librarians, the space and the resources available as much as possible to encourage lifelong learning.
“We hope Saturday mornings at the library will come to be known as a nice time to relax, maybe grab a coffee and get some studying out of the way before weekend fun begins,” Reding said.
Zheng said from a student perspective, she agrees with Reding.
“I think it’s a great idea for students that want to wake up early and get the homework out of the way so they can enjoy the rest of the weekend,” Zheng said.