— Rose Forman, a third-year politics student at the University of Lincoln, contributed with this entry
Imagine the scene: it’s almost 2am on a Wednesday night. You’re sitting in the library, so close to the Engine Shed you can almost feel the carefree, drunken party-goers. But more importantly, you’re getting your essay done!
Everyone knows that students are nocturnal, everyone except the University of Lincoln, apparently. The luxury and convenience of the 24/4 (that is 24 hours 4 days a week) library is not always available.
And as a third-year myself, I can’t tell you how frustrated I was to find out that the library was not open 24 hours over the Easter holidays. That all-important fortnight before dissertation hand-in, when you finally realise that the library is not just a storage facility for books and it can actually be useful.
I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that my best ideas come at ten to midnight, but that’s no use if the library isn’t available to us in our time of need.
In one of my many recent, late-night stints in the library I was given a questionnaire on student opinions of the library. According to the helpful librarian there’s some spare cash floating about and they would like to know how students feel they should spend it, so clearly they have the resources available.
Chris Charnley, the Students’ Union president, keeps advocating the 24 hour library, stating in his manifesto again this year that he wants it open longer. However, the most effective use would be 24/4 all year round. Other university libraries manage it and it would be a massive asset to the university as a whole.
The 24/4 library works well. Go in at 3am next time and you’ll see the proof — there’ll be students there using and appreciating it.Tweet