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Friday, August 23, 2019

Library Late-night, WMU-only Hours

This fall the University Libraries will debut new late-night hours at Waldo Library that are reserved for only WMU users.

Waldo Library’s late-night hours will be available Sunday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. However, only WMU students, faculty and staff can access Waldo Library after 9 p.m. The facility will continue to be open to the public during all other hours, including weekends. The new hours will begin on September 3.

To help control access to the facility, WMU users must swipe their Bronco Cards to enter the library after 9 p.m. Students who lose or forget their cards can also sign in at the service desk. Library staff will be available to help late-night users enter the building.

Students flock to the library for quiet study and to meet with groups throughout the day, but especially after classes end in the evenings. Waldo Library is one of the few academic spaces open late on campus and is a popular choice for students who need space to study.

“We’ve found that a lot of students study or work in groups during the late evening hours,” said Jonathan Scherger, User Services Librarian. “We want to provide a safe, quiet and comfortable place for them to work.”

Over the years, user demand and changing traffic patterns lead to adjustments in Waldo Library’s operating hours. Last fall, the Libraries extended Friday evening hours for Waldo Library on based on staff observations and student requests.

For more information about WMU-only hours, please contact the University Libraries’ Office of the Dean, (269) 387-5201.