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veritas Harvard University Library Notes, For Harvard Library Staff, Number 1324 March 2005

Lamont Library to Offer Extended Service in Fall '05

In Fall 2005, HCL's Lamont Library will launch a two-year pilot in which hours will be extended to provide 24-hour service five days a week during fall and spring terms. Lamont staff and the Undergraduate Council, long aware of the need for late-night study space for students, have been instrumental in the planning that has led to this change.

Over the past few years, user interest in a 24-hour library has grown, and the Harvard College Library Administration has explored issues around cost, staffing, transportation, security, and additional demands on the building's mechanical and engineering systems. "This year a number of things fell into place. The College Library has accumulated balances enough to fund a two-year pilot; the College has agreed to extend the hours of the shuttle service, which will ensure safe transport for students and staff; and the Undergraduate Council has provided us with solid data on student study patterns on campus," said Nancy M. Cline, Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College.

During the pilot, Lamont will be open from 8 am Sunday to 9:45 pm on Friday each week, and on Saturdays from 8 am to 9:45 pm. Circulation, Reserves, and Morse Music & Media services will also remain open on the 24/5 schedule. Reference services, Government Documents/Microforms, the Poetry Room, and the Forum Room will keep their regular hours.

"This is a good beginning considering the Library's current fiscal constraints. We will continue to look at ways to respond to students' study and research needs," said Lynda Leahy, associate librarian of Harvard College for research and instruction.

The College Library will evaluate the pilot periodically, with an initial review coming at the end of the Spring '06 term.

 

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