University to open library 24 hours

LUCY DIXON

LUCY DIXON

THE UNIVERSITY has announced that the JB Morrell library will become 24-hour after Easter next year.

The change will accompany the long-awaited completion of the library’s refurbishment and is scheduled to commence by next summer term. The £20million refurbishment which began in 2009 will, according to the University, provide hundreds of new study spaces, as well as a much improved café.
A University spokesman stated that the refurbishment will provide “second to none” facilities and that the University are confident that this will encourage students to take full advantage of the extended hours.”
He added that the University was “delighted” to meet what had long been high on the list of student demands.
Graeme Osborn, YUSU Academic Affairs Officer, who had made 24-hour opening of the library one of his campaign promises, commented that he was extremely pleased to have achieved this so early in his term and is confident that now funding has been secured, there is no reason why this should not go ahead.
“This is something I have been focusing on over the summer, having meetings with both the library and the university senior management.

“I am delighted that we will be able to open the library on a 24 hours a day basis in the summer term”

A University Spokesperson

“The funding has now been secured, and as long as the library refurbishment is completed on time (it is currently on schedule), then there is no reason why 24 hour opening cannot be achieved.”
This development brings York in line with other high-ranking Universities, many of whom have been extending the services of their central libraries in the past few years.
In some, such as the University of Bath and UCL, University management have been surprised by the extent to which students have been taking advantage of the 24 hour opening times.
The University spokesman continued by saying: “The new facilities (most of which are already open) will be second to none and they include hundreds of additional study spaces as well as a much improved and expanded café. We are confident that students will make full use of them.”
Dan Hudson, a second-year English and Philosophy student. on the new all day opening times, said: “I think it’s a great idea. I prefer to write essays late at night and sometimes there’s something I need to check or find a reference to back up.”

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