Edith Garland Library

The Edith Garland Dupré Library at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is normally open 24/7 during finals week, but that will be cut short this semester.

“The library will be open 7:30 a.m.-2:00 a.m. beginning Friday, Nov. 20 and ending on Tuesday, Nov. 24. The library will be open 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25,” Blair Stapleton, the Assistant Dean of Public Services, wrote in a statement to The Vermilion. 

The library is also expecting a decrease in how many students will be inside.

“This year, there are fewer students on campus because so many classes are hybrid or completely online, and attendance numbers in the library since we reopened in August have been much lower than normal, so we aren’t expecting to have as many students in the library during finals week as we have in past semesters,” Stapleton wrote in her statement.

Because of this, the library will not operate at the full capacity during finals.

“The library continues to be at 75% capacity during finals. The University Police manning the front desk from 9:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. each night will be counting those entering the library,” she wrote.

This is different, however, from what the website states, which is that the library has been operating at 50% capacity.

The services that the library normally offers, including computers, STEP labs, and research services, will still be available during finals week.

“All Library services that are currently offered during Library open hours will still be available during finals week,” Stapleton wrote. “Services offered by Library faculty and staff will be limited to the hours of 7:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m. each day between Nov. 20 and Nov. 24. All Library services that are currently available will be offered from 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25.”

Reference services, ebooks and electronic databases will all be offered virtually. The former at specific times, and the latter 24/7.

“Reference services will be available in-person and virtually from 7:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m. on Nov. 20-Nov. 24 and 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Nov. 25,” she wrote.

In terms of health, all restrictions that were put into place because of COVID-19 will remain in place, including a removal of the group study rooms, according to the website.

“The health and safety of our library users as well as our own library faculty and staff is the number one concern,” she wrote. “All social distancing rules will still apply in the library during finals week. All library users will also be required to wear masks at all times while in the library.”

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