SALISBURY, Md. - A student petition is now circulating at Salisbury University, in hopes of extending library hours. The petition urges university officials to keep Blackwell Library open 24 hours a day, instead of closing at 2:00 AM, like it does currently.
The students behind the petition say extra hours could help them perform better in their studies. "I'm gonna be studying a lot of medical terms. Everything, so I can't just be 'alright you gotta leave at 2:00 AM' I might have to go until 3 or 4," said Logan Middlekauff, who started the petition.
They say if it were open later, more students would utilize the facilities. "I Feel like students don't come to the library as much because it's not open 24 hours. Which is why late at night you probably only see 5 or 6 people in the library," said Jessie Karangu, a sophomore that helped spread the petition.
In response, Dean of Libraries and Instructional Resources Dr. Brea Hardy released a statement to WMDT:
"Blackwell Library is open more hours than many of our peers. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, academic libraries in Maryland are open an average of 86 hours per week. Nationally, the average drops to 79 hours. SU's library is currently open an average of 100 hours each week. When the new Academic Commons opens in 2016, we are planning to have a 24-hour study space available."