Hello! I am a medical student and am a bit disappointed that the library hours could not coincide more with our examinations. Today is Monday, Memorial day, and we have our last big test of the school year on Wednesday, and I felt that providing the library as a quiet, focused place to study would have been useful a few days before the tests. Even just making it badge access only would be fine so you can save money on staffing, just so long as we have access to it as a study space. I also noticed the adjusted finals schedule earlier in the semester when the library would be open for 24 hours for a week or so at a time for "finals schedule" for other health professions schools. You have obviously accomodated other health profession school students with their exam schedules, and since we medical students make up such a large portion of the student body it does not seem unreasonable to request to coordinate with our exam schedules too so that we may have a quiet place to study. Many of us have kids or spouses that make studying at home distracting, and can likewise not focus in a coffee shop where there is noise. I really wish the library could have been open for us on Memorial Day, and provide longer hours close to when we have exams. As a facility that fosters learning, I should think that the library would make its rooms available for studying for medical school exams. The education 1 and 2 buildings can get somewhat loud also, and on holidays such as memorial day they do not regulate the temperature and that makes for an uncomfortable study environment.
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Thanks for submitting this comment about the Health Sciences Library being closed on Memorial Day. The library sets hours once a year, usually in June for the fiscal year which runs July 1 - June 30. We consult the multiple academic calendars for the campus when drafting library hours. This is a complicated process because each School or College has their own calendar and within each School or College the calendars vary from year to year. You mentioned being a student in the School of Medicine and that School has four different calendars. It was our understanding that all exams would be over by May 25 and closing the library for the Memorial Holiday would not be a problem. However, from your comment it sounds like this was not the case. As we work on library hours for fiscal year 2012-2013 we'll review our contacts with School of Medicine to make sure we have the correct calendars.
Regarding the extended hours for final exams, that was a pilot the library ran in March and again in May at the request of ASAC. During the pilot, the library was open continuously from a Sunday morning until a Friday evening. ASAC funded the pilot and so the Library worked with ASAC to set the dates for extended hours. We drafted potential dates for extended hours and then ASAC approved them. I'm not sure what year you are in School of Medicine but you might also want to follow up with your ASAC representatives.
If you have additional questions just let me know - thanks.Melissa De Santis 303-724-1748 Deputy Director
I noticed today that the library does not have an American flag on display. Is this something that could be added to the building to show patriotism?
Thanks for this suggestion! We also like it and are gathering information to see if this is something we can do. We are checking with others on campus and once we have more information we'll post it here.
Thanks again,Melissa De Santis 303-724-1748 Deputy Director
Is recycling in the library being mixed with trash during collection or handled separately by the custodians? I am concerned.
Thank you for writing us and sharing your concern about recycling. I have forwarded these concerns to the housekeeping supervisor so that the custodians may be reminded about the importance of recycling in the library.
Please place accessible book drops around the library. Book drops need to be able to be accessed by car. It is ridiculous to have to pay to park to drop off a book. Otherwise, the library is great!
Parking here at the library is so difficult. First you have to park, then walk to pay, then walk back to your car, then make the trek to the library entrance. This needs to be done even if returning books. You had at least 2 book drop boxes where you do not need to park at the old library. Since the weather was so wet and cold today the issue became clear.
Need a drive-by book drop - paying to park to drop off a book is not right! Love the facility otherwise!
Thank you for your comment. Parking is a challenge for all sorts of folks coming to the AMC. Our main concern with additional book drops revolves around cost and need. Generally speaking book circulation is decreasing in our library and the volume of returned material is modest. In addition, book returns for outdoor purposes are not inexpensive and the staffing required to empty them regularly presents a challenge. As the campus evolves, we continue to look at the issue.
There is a drive-up book drop available at the PASCAL building here on the AMC. PASCAL the library's high density storage facility. Next to its garage and back door there is a library book return where HSL materials can be dropped. It is more accessible by car. PASCAL is located behind and east of Education 2 North. See map.