Drinko Library has made some changes in operation for the fall semester and has received mixed feedback from students.
In the past, all three floors of Drinko have been available to students 24 hours a day, making it a popular study destination. However, at the beginning of the fall semester, the study center on the first floor was the only area open after 11 p.m.
Recently, some adjustments were made due to negative feedback from students.
“It really shocked me that they cut back the library hours this year; It doesn’t make sense,” said Beth Sutfin, junior speech pathology student. “When you’re a freshman they tell you that you should study multiple hours every day, but with busy schedules and the cut on library hours, it’s practically impossible now,” Sutfin said.
“More students started coming to study. Also, many students complained to the library staff and voiced their opinions. We have advised them to go voice opinions on marshall.edu/beherd,” said Jillian Salyers, student and library staff member.
Salyers said the whole first floor of the library is now open until 2 a.m., while the study center is the only area open until 7:30 a.m.
Salyers said the visual aid room next to the scanning room has become the Mac Room, which is available until 7:30 a.m. to students who want to use the Mac desktops.
During daytime, study rooms are still available and reservations can be made. The library has been notified of certain issues regarding study rooms. According to music major, Christa Navy, students often use the study rooms for non-academic purposes.
“It kills me when I’m actually trying to find a place to work on a group project and I only see one person taking up an entire study room. Sometimes I walk by the smaller ones and I’ll see somebody watching Netflix on their laptop,” Navy said.
Library staff has already taken action to try to fix issues.
“This year, we are being a little stricter on reservations,” Salyers said.
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