Learning is now accessible 24/7 at the UTAS Newnham campus library.
All-hours access to level one of the library will now be available to all staff and students with ID and a current swipe card.
Facilities accessible after hours will include the computers, study rooms, study carrels and toilets on level one, as well as computers and photocopiers on the landing of level two.
A coffee vending machine and cold water dispenser are also available.
The library will be monitored by security cameras, regular security patrols and a direct phone line to security staff.
This will provide a solution for students who work part or full time and need flexibility for study, and for others who simply want the option of being able to study in a secure environment away from their home, at any time of the day or night.
Staffed opening hours will remain the same, with staff locking down the level two collection and the level one reserve and staff areas as they leave. At this time, all clients in the Library will be moved to level one. They will be required to be able to produce both a UTAS ID card and a UTAS swipe card if requested by Security staff.
In the second half of 2010, the Library reviewed opening hours and ran a survey asking students about the Library’s opening hours. Overwhelmingly respondents requested extended opening hours but also there were specific requests relating to extending hours, for example before 8.30 am, or extended opening hours during exam periods. These results were also echoed in the biennial client survey that the Library runs, as well as feedback from students.
The decision to go 24/7 in Launceston was also influenced by the success of 24/7 access to the Morris Miller Library on the Sandy Bay Campus and the Cradle Coast Campus Library and Learning Hub.