As of March 18, the after-hours study room in the library is officially open. The room is located on the second floor of the library next to Dunkin’ Donuts.
The opening was announced on the Seton Hall Libraries twitter, @SHU_Libraries and on their blog.
The study room is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week for current Seton Hall University students. The room features several group tables with seating, individual desks, couches, and a whiteboard.
The study room is open for students from the inside entrance of the library during the regular library hours. Students can get in through the inside without the use of their Seton Hall ID.
According to the Seton Hall Library blog, when it comes to the hours that the library is closed, students cannot access the study room from the inside of the library. However, students can access the 24/7 study room from the outside entrance by swiping their Seton Hall ID card.
The room can be accessed from the outside from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, after 12 a.m. on Fridays to 11 a.m. on Saturdays, and after 7 p.m. on Saturday to 11 a.m. on Sunday.
“We hope students make use of the room and support our efforts to make the library more accessible,” Sebastian Derry, a writer for the Library News blog, said.
The 24-hour space was a much-needed and a highly requested space for students, according to Dean of Libraries John Buschman.
“Along with the Dunkin’ Donuts space, we are making a good deal of space and seating available for student use around the calendar,” Buschman said.
Buschman said he believes this is a much-needed space but there is no need for the library to be open 24 hours. The 150,000 square foot space has too many out of the way spaces to have it open safely for 24 hours all the time.
The University Libraries and the Provost were able to construct this study room while equipping it with a camera, alarm and security phone through the generosity of donors according to Buschman.
Layla Ogletree, a senior physics engineering major, commuter, and PCSS library lab consultant worker said she has mixed feelings on the new space.
Ogletree recalls when the space previously used to be a graduate student study room that was not utilized properly.
“I believe it is a space that is needed but I do not think it is going to be used properly or by a large number of students,” Ogletree said.
Ogletree said that she would not use the study room herself and that it might end up being a waste of money from the University. She also believes the money could have maybe gone to something that would be utilized more often.
Jarrod Jackson, an Africana studies and sociology major, believes that the room is conducive for students, especially during the midterm season.
“Midterm season brings the same stress that finals bring but the 24-hour space is not provided,” Jackson said. “The space is really going to help during midterms”
Jackson said that he would personally use the study room because of the whiteboard that is there.
Jackson also appreciates that Seton Hall recognizes a student need; the need being that students like to study late at night in a quiet space that is not necessarily their room and that commuters need a 24-hour space to study as well.
The library is open to feedback regarding their new 24-hour study room through their feedback form located on their blog.
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