Park Library to open 24-hour study room


The Extended Hours Study room in the Charles V. Park Library will be converted into a 24-hour, four days a week study center beginning Sunday, Sept. 10.

The 24-hour schedule begins 7 a.m.  Sunday and ends midnight on Thursday, Sept. 14. Friday and Saturday hours will be 7 a.m. to midnight. This will continue for the rest of the semester, except on Wednesday, Nov. 22, which coincides with Thanksgiving break.

Continuous 24-hour access will be granted to students from 7 a.m. Dec. 1 to midnight Dec. 14 for exams. The 24/4 hours are subject to change during holiday breaks and inclement weather. 

Access to the study area will be limited to enrolled Central Michigan University students, faculty and staff. Patrons will be required to use their CentralCard to access the room at all times, including during the library's normal hours. 

The room is outfitted with MAC and PC stations, all of which have Adobe Creative Suite.

The decision to develop a 24/4 schedule for the room was made in response to requests from the Student Government Association and student comments from library surveys, according to a press release issued by Associate Dean of Libraries Kathy Irwin. The closure of the Woldt and Ronan hall computer labs also played a factor in the development of the new study room hours.

Having a 24-hour study center is meant to give students a designated area that is quiet and comfortable, Irwin said. 

Following this academic year, use of the Extended Hours Study room will be reevaluated and adjusted if necessary.