The university has announced that from September 2015 the libraries on the Bay and Singleton Campus will be open 24 hours, 7 days per week 362 days a year.
Kevin Daniel, Director of Information Systems and Services, who manages the library said: “I am very pleased that we have been able to make this extension to our opening hours. We have been working with students and colleagues across the institution to ensure that we can deliver this in a way which ensures a safe and welcoming building for students.”
Ilana Cohen, Students’ Union Education Officer, said: “Students will really welcome this development. A lot of students come to me saying that they want to access the library for longer throughout the year and not just around exams. We are very excited that working with the library we have been able to deliver this.”
In addition to being open 24 hours the Bay Library will provide books and journals for the relevant subject areas as well access to online journals, e-books and datasets. Students wishing to use items held at the Singleton Library (or Bay Library for Singleton students) will be able to use the same day delivery service for items ordered before noon and next day for items ordered afterwards.
The Bay library will also house study space for up to 650 students with postgraduate study and computer rooms, teaching and group study spaces, interview rooms and a café. The library helpdesk will replicate the services provided at the Singleton library covering library and academic support, employability and computing.
Lori Havard, Head of Academic Support in the Library, said: “The building has lots of natural daylight which we know is better to study in than artificial light. It also has excellent views looking out over the sea and the sand dunes”.