By Kassondra Burtis
Saint Mary’s University’s Fitzgerald Library has extended its hours on Fridays by an hour and a half and is now open until 6 p.m.
Library Director Laura Oanes said the idea of extending the library’s hours came from student input and she is hopeful that students will use those extra hours and prove that the decision was a good one.
“We are really hoping that students will take advantage of it,” Oanes said. “We are here to serve [the students] and what their needs are.”
The reasoning behind the hours being extended as they were, Oanes said, is to give students a little extra time after classes get done on Fridays to do any homework, group work, or printing they need to finish before the weekend.
The extended hours are, for the remainder of the semester, on a sort of trial run. The decision was put into place just after spring break to give the staff a chance to use the end of the year to see if people would get used to the hours and use them.
Oanes said that the library staff would love to hear students’ feedback on the extended hours. Any feedback or suggestions helps with looking at long term decisions and if the new hours are helpful to students. Feedback may be directed to the library’s email,