After listening to student feedback, the UCR Library expanded its 2018 summer hours.
Beginning on Monday, June 25, Rivera and Orbach Libraries have stayed open until 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, instead of closing at 6:00 p.m
Responding to student requests as well as the increased number of summer session classes, UCR Library’s Head of Access Services Vincent Novoa brought the idea to library leadership to keep the library open later during the summer.
“Summer quarter classes are held as late as 9:00 p.m., and the majority of the classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday,” Novoa explained. “There are a significant amount of classes offered in the evening and our students are looking for spaces to study. Having an additional two hours each evening will allow our summer students to use the library spaces and resources for their course work.”
Novoa had surveyed a group of UCR students who had taken summer courses, finding that many have full-time jobs, so they can only take evening courses. Others shared that they have evening labs, and having the library open later would make it easier for them to get the lab materials they need.
This led Novoa to conclude that increasing the library’s open hours would greatly benefit students enrolled in summer sessions.
He added that the libraries at three other UC campuses (Irvine, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz) have a similar summer session schedule.
Extended summer hours will run until September 26, 2018, after which the regular academic schedule will resume on Thursday, September 27, the first day of classes in fall quarter.
Current hours are always posted on the library website.