Uncategorized | 1:52 pm | April 29, 2009 | By Eric Randall

Bass Library to open 24 hours this weekend

Yalies who prefer the underground to their college libraries will once again have the opportunity to hole up in Bass Library for a solid 65 hours as exams approach, as the Yale University Library announced today that Bass will remain open from 10 a.m. on Saturday to 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Associate University Librarian Danuta Nitecki said that the 24-hour schedule is once again “an experiment” and that the library will revisit the issue again next year to determine whether to make it an annual event. The Bass Library first offered 24-hour access during exams last spring but Nitecki said that reports of students bringing food, tents and even alcohol into the library caused concern among administrators.

Beyond student behavior, however, Nitecki said that finding custodial staff and security to work through the night can prove difficult, and in a time of tightening budgets, securing funding to pay staff for overtime was a challenge leading up to this year’s exam period.

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