library, which can be closed off from the rest of the building. Some of
these libraries have a “learning commons,” and others have only certain
floors open for 24 hours. The remaining respondents in this group
maintain regular 24/7 or 24/5 schedules in a library other than the
main library, often in a science or engineering library.
D. Those with main libraries open 24/7 only during finals—13 total (20%)
E. Those with no 24-hour access indicated—6 total (9%)
The compilation of responses showed that, among the 66 respondents, Olin
Library is situated within the largest group; like 36% percent of the respondents,
we have a 24/7 space (Whispers Café), and this space is outside, though
attached to, the main library. The responses also revealed other ways that ARL
libraries provide 24-hour access. Among our respondents, more libraries operate
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Keeping the Doors Open: Exploring 24-Hour Library Access at Washington University
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DECEMBER 2011 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A QUARTERLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC
A: 24/7 most of year (9%)
B: 24/5 most
of year (26%)
C: 24/7 or
24/5 space (36%)
D: 24/7 only during
finals (20%)
E: no 24-hour access (9%)
24-Hour Access in 66 ARL Libraries
as reported in January 2011
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