Why has the library changed their hours? On the front page you they say that VCU libraries are "one of Virginia's most outstanding and comprehensive academic library systems". The previous hours were much better, 9 o'clock. There are still are students who need the library on the weekend. Although not many students go to the library during the weekend, there are still many that do. I was just shocked to hear that the hours had changed. I know that it might be late in noticing, but I'm so upset. Four students were at the front doors when i arrived there. Then I came along with my two roommates. We all stood there, shocked that the hours of operation were cut down. Then 3 MORE students arrived as we were leaving. I was just shocked, really shocked. I think we should consider extending the hours to what they originally were.
From: an undergraduate student
Mary Ellen Spencer, Head of Research and Instructional Services, replies...
Please know that VCU Libraries understands your concerns about building hours. You are right that the Libraries has had to make some changes; however, we have worked diligently to maintain those services that students tell us are most important, including building hours at Cabell Library. Though we have modestly reduced weekend hours, Cabell Library continues to offer the same weekday hours as we did last year. Additional information regarding changes to library services may be found in a Suggestion Blog post from September 4, 2009.
Please continue to raise issues of concern and to communicate with us. We consider student input invaluable, and we use this information as we make decisions about how best to allocate library resources. Thank you again for taking the time to post to the Blog.