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Suggestion: Extended Opening Hours

By Curtin Library 4 July 2019 News & events Comments Off on Suggestion: Extended Opening Hours

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…


I just wanted to follow up my suggestion from earlier in the year (posted on the Library Blog on 1 February) about library opening times.

The problem still persists that students who are studying outside of normal semester hours (e.g. law students in trimesters, Masters students etc.) are unable to access the Robertson library over the weekends or at night (key study times) outside of semester hours.

Frankly, many Curtin students have turned to studying at UWA’s Reid library, because it continues to operate with extended hours during these times.

I understand that staffing is an important consideration, but it’s not ideal to have to rely on another university’s resources for two months of the academic year (before semester one commences and after it finishes), including during exam periods.

I would really appreciate some suggestion as to any practical ways we as students can assist in keeping the library open for longer.

The Library responds…

Thank you for the feedback and I do understand the frustration.

The Library are working within available staffing resources and existing infrastructure, targeting opening hours to provide these when the most students are on campus. Access to the CGSB Library continues for Law and Business students throughout the trimesters, based on existing Student ID Card access to the Murray Street Building and students are able to confirm their access with their school.

In the longer term, over the next few years, refurbishments to building 105 and the introduction of a trimester model widely across the Curtin Perth campuses will allow the Library more opportunity to address extended opening hours. In the interim, there are study spaces on the Perth campus, including 3 open access computer labs in Buildings 303, 408 and 501 which remain open 24/7 including during the main semester breaks.

Barbara Parnaby
Curtin University Library

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