Davis Library expects to begin late-night hours in September

August 24, 2021

A staffing delay has postponed the start of late-night library hours at Carolina.

Davis Library will be the home for late-night study this fall, with doors open until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. The extended hours, however, depend on filling two unexpected vacancies.

“These vacancies arose just as the semester began and they forced us to change course,” said Joe Williams, director of public services for the University Libraries.

Davis Library has temporarily adjusted its weeknight closing time to 10 p.m. Williams hopes to have a team in place by mid-September who can manage operations until 2 a.m.

The Sunday through Thursday closings are the only hours currently affected by vacancies. Davis Library is open until 6 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday. Those hours will continue throughout the semester.

The Undergraduate Library is also open as scheduled until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 6 p.m. Friday. Students will be able to study all night at the UL during reading days and exams.

The hours reflect adjustments to pre-pandemic schedules. They are based on use trends that the Library has observed over several years, said Williams.

“All campus units are having to examine operations and make decisions about the best way to use limited resources,” he said. “We need to be sure the Library is open and available at times we have consistently seen the greatest need.”

A complete listing of library locations and hours is posted on the Library’s hours site. For additional information about library operations, see What To Know about Campus Libraries: Fall 2021.

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