Study time goes 24/7 at Staffordshire University this year, following a successful trial to keep the libraries open all night, seven days a week.
Previously, the sites closed at 3am, but now the resources and study areas will be available to students at all times, making learning more flexible and the students study time more effective.
Following a three month trial in association with the students’ union, there was lots of positive student feedback and it was decided to make the new opening hours a permanent fixture, starting from the beginning of term in September.
The Stoke service was launched by Bernard Shaw, Director of Information Services, and the Stafford service by Neil Scott, Financial Director for the University, during a simultaneous ribbon cutting ceremony captured on webcam.
The Cadman IT centre and Thompson and Nelson Libraries now open their doors 24 hours a day 7 days a week to Staffordshire University students and staff, making it possible for them to have access to the resources they need, whenever they need them, in support of their studies. This also includes 24 hour IT and library support phone lines so they are never alone in their learning.
Nikki Johnson, Marketing and Information Officer for Information Services at Staffordshire University, said: “Only students and staff can access the libraries by using their university cards, and there will be a constant security presence on site, both on the doors and patrolling the buildings, so it is going to be a safe and quiet space for students to study whenever they need to.”
“Students increasingly have busy lives where they have to fit their studies around other commitments such as jobs and their families, and we feel that this seamless service offers them an opportunity to create a timetable that works for them.”
For more information, visit http://www.staffs.ac.uk/library
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