Leeds University Library

Summer exams

Published Thursday 21 February 2013

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Trial of 24-hour opening for the Edward Boyle Library

To support students preparing for examinations the Edward Boyle Library has, in previous years, remained open until 2am from Sunday to Thursday.  We are now planning library opening hours for the summer examinations period.  We know that many students would like one or more library to remain open throughout the whole 24 hour period.  We have to prioritise and assess our opening hours against many criteria including other service needs including course books and online texts, IT provision and flexible study spaces.  However we do take particular note of students' views and value the discussions we have with LUU and other student groups.

After careful consideration we have decided to trial this summer (2013) extending our very late night opening around the summer revision period to 24 hours. This one-off trial will form an important part of our future planning and will enable us to assess demand and investigate issues around continuous opening.  We will be looking at  staffing requirements as well as impacts on cleaning, heating and lighting costs. We want to understand the pattern of demand for particular services and observe how our study facilities are used.  We will bring together as much information as we can during the trial, and will follow-up with a review using focus groups and other feedback methods listening to students and university staff. The review will be presented to the Library Strategic Advisory Board for discussion and will help shape our plans for the future including the operation of the New Undergraduate Library.

If you have any comments please contact the Head of Customer Services, Jane Saunders.