Lewis Library is staying up all night
These changes are being implemented in response to student input from the annual Student Satisfaction Survey.
As part of a continuing program to serve students better, Lewis Library will open its main floor 24 hours per day, seven days per week beginning July 6. In addition to the main floor’s current study tables, comfortable furniture, computers and copier/printers, the 24/7 area will include 10 new study rooms and quiet lounge space. After-hours access to the vending machines on the building’s lower level will be available.
The new library space is part of a coordinated campus-wide energy-saving and safety campaign. Starting at 10 pm each night, campus buildings will be locked. Individuals who wish to study should use the library’s new 24/7 area. This will provide students a safe, climate-controlled environment and curb energy consumption in other buildings on campus. It should result in tremendous energy savings for the Health Science Center and a greener campus.
Focusing late night use on the main floor of the library also should improve safety. University police will target their foot patrols around the 24/7 area and will be able to view the area through eight new surveillance cameras. Emergency phones will be available. The library’s outer doors will continue to be locked at 9 pm each night, and only people with valid UNTHSC ID badges will be able to enter after 9. The general public will be asked to leave the building at 10 pm and will not be able to return until the following morning.
Library staff will lock doors to the third and fourth floors each night at 10 pm. Students who wish to remain will move into the 24/7 area on the main floor. Staff will return and begin providing service at 7 am on weekdays and 10 am on weekends. Access to the library’s top two floors will be available at that time.
The new plan does not affect student access to labs.