Answered By: Ewan McCubbin
Last Updated: Aug 25, 2015     Views: 88

Thanks for your comments and the kind words about our helpful staff.  

I'm sorry that you find this frustrating but it's a rule that has been put in place because in our experience it makes the closing down of the building much easier.  By allowing users back into the building in the final few minutes of opening when they should actually be leaving, it would be considerably more challenging to get the Library closed by 2am.  For example, if we allowed a student in at 1.58am, I'm pretty certain they would still be in the building after 2am!

Our staff are contracted to work until 2.15am in order that they can carry out additional security checks after the building is empty and before leaving for the night.  If we still had students in the building after 2am, staff would not be able to leave at 2.15am and the cost to the University would therefore increase.  

It's worth keeping in mind that until 2011, the Library never opened later than midnight and indeed closed at 10pm on a Friday and 9pm on a Saturday.  So even though I appreciate your frustration, you are in fact benefitting from far later opening hours that your predecessors ever did.

We hope to further extend our opening hours from September so that during semester we open 8am-2am 7 days a week.  If we do introduce this additional improvement, I'm afraid we will still won't be letting students in during the last 15 minutes of opening!

Thanks again for the feedback.

Ewan McCubbin (Assistant Director)

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