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Dear Law Library,
I just heard the library will be closed over the long weekend. This will be a major issue for law students who very often use the law library to work on papers and assignments (and so need the law library's books) over the break, and many of us are also preparing to write deferred exams starting Tuesday. If the library must be closed it would have also been beneficial to advertise this so we could at least plan around it. No one seems to have known this before today.
Thank you for your email regarding the opening hours of the law library. It is encouraging to hear that you regard the library as critical to your studies and research.
When deciding our hours of opening, we take into account the previous years' library usage. The level of usage for the weekend leading up to the Family Day holiday was significantly lower than that of other weekends; it was determined, therefore, that the branch would not be open this Saturday and Sunday (as well as the holiday Monday). The law library is open for the remainder of the break. Branch library hours for February 21 to 26 are:
*Tuesday through Thursday: 8am to 8pm
*Friday: 8am to 5pm
*Saturday: 10am to 5pm
*Sunday: 12noon to 8pm
In addition, if you are interested in the library as a place to study this coming weekend (February 18th and 19th) there are two library branches open:
* The health sciences library will be open Saturday and Sunday from 12noon to 5pm
* The Murray library will be open Saturday from 10am to 9pm and Sunday from 10am to 11pm
The library posted the hours of opening on the website and on the doors into the law library, however, we recognize that we did not sufficiently communicate this change of hours. We apologize and will broaden our communication distribution in the future. If you have any suggestions regarding communication venues, we would love to hear them.
We have heard from you and other students about your frustration with our decision to close the library this weekend. We will approach the Law Students Association to ask if we could attend an upcoming meeting to discuss our hours with students so that we can make decisions going forward that are informed not simply by usage statistics but also from direct student input.
“With the semester coming to an end I think students need to be reminded or understand that other students come to libraries as QUIET spaces to study. There are not many places on campus that students have as quiet spaces. Could you please remind students to keep their conversations to a minimum especially while in these locations. It is quite distracting having other students having personal conversations nearby.”
At the library we recognize that there are different learning styles as well as a variety of approaches to research and studying. In order to accommodate all learning styles, we have established a variety of library spaces across our branches.
Of our seven locations:
That all being said, we do expect everyone to remain respectful towards their fellow students. If you ever find that a disruption in the library is too much please do not hesitate to approach a staff member and let them know. We do try to manage noise level in relation to each type of space.
We understand that sometimes it isn’t convenient to let a staff member know in person; you can also text/IM our AskUs service and the person on the other end can direct the noise complaint to the appropriate staff for you.
Would you like to learn more about librarianship or explore it as a possible career path?
This winter term The University will be offering a new class, The Internship in Library and Information Studies (INCC 380.3).
The internship will be to introduce undergraduates to professional librarianship, with an emphasis on an academic library setting. Interns participate in seminar discussions as well as appropriate, meaningful work in order to advance projects in the University Library while earning course credit. The course consists of a weekly 2-hour discussion-based seminar (which will include guest lecturers and student presentations) and 70-75 hours on site under the joint supervision of the instructor and a workplace supervisor.
For class information and the application form please click here.
Registration for the 2016-2017 academic year opens in June, we look forward to seeing your application!
Pre-requisites: 60 credits and permission from the instructor.
Contact Candice Dahl for more information.