Please keep more of Fondren open 24/7! It is such a pain to pack up and move after you’ve been settled for hours and it is hard to find an area big enough or next to an outlet when everyone moves to one room. If you insist on closing part of the library, close the 3rd and 4th floors but keep the entire bottom two floors open. I basically live here and this is my biggest complaint.
Fondren Library offered 24/7 access to the library from fall of 2006 to spring of 2011. The extended hours were very popular with students, but after tracking overnight usage in detail during the 2010-2011 academic year, we discovered that very few patrons (always less than 20 and sometimes none) are in the library on Friday and Saturday nights. With the approval of the President and the Provost and with the agreement of the incoming president of the student body, as of last fall we changed our hours to 24/5, closing at midnight on Friday and Saturday and opening at 9 am on Saturday and Sunday. We will resume 24/7 during the period around final exams; the exact schedule is posted on the online CUL calendar when available.
The change to 24/5 allows us to continue to meet the needs of our campus users and also allows us to be better stewards of the funds entrusted to us.