By Tyler Mitchell – Senior Editor
Some say the early bird catches the worm. Luckily for Ambrose students, there will be no catching of worms at the library on Saturday mornings. With a new semester comes later Saturday library hours, a change that staff hopes will be beneficial for students.
The hours, which were previously 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., have been shifted to 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on a trial basis. According to Mary Heinzman, executive director of information resources and library director, the change in hours should be more convenient for students.
“One of our goals is to serve the students and fulfill their needs,” Heinzman said. “So if we are open at eight in the morning and students don’t need that, we’re not fulfilling our goal. We need to do what works with the students.”
Heinzman and library staff were approached by the Student Government Association last fall with the idea of changing Saturday hours. Heinzman was open to the suggestion so long as she could maintain the same staffing levels.
“It was their [SGA] idea to open a little bit later on Saturday and to stay open later. They said most students are sleeping in on Saturday mornings anyway,” Heinzman said.
This was a point that library staff could not disagree with. The library does keep statistics as to how many students are in the library at a particular time. According to Heinzman, 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning was usually pretty quiet.
Senior Sabina Paudel has worked in the library for the past two years and can attest to the lack of students in the library at 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning. She feels the later hours will have a positive impact on students.
“The hours before were not bad at all, but the problem was there were hardly any students. It wasn’t until noon that students started to show up,” Paudel said. “I think the currently changed hours will be a great help for students’ academic goals.”
Junior Christopher Hollis feels the same. “I think the new hours are more realistic,” he said. “I know for me, I’m probably not going to do too much before 11 a.m. and most people I know are the same way. I think these new hours will result in a more productive Saturday across the board.”
But there is the possibility that the hours are only temporary. According to Heinzman, the library will continue to keep track of how many people are coming in during the new hours. If student attendance is low, the plug could be pulled.
“We are going to be asking people if they like to come in later on Saturdays and if it is worthwhile for us to stay open. We will then review everything during the summer and if it seems viable still, we will do it again in the fall,” Heinzman said.
For the meantime, students can sleep soundly on Saturday mornings with the knowledge that being studious can wait just a couple more hours.