Oviatt Library will extend hours during finals week

Adria Brodie

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The Oviatt Library’s Marianne Afifi, associate dean, and Coleen Martin, coordinator of outreach services, give a special presentation during the A.S. meeting. Afifi and Martin discuss the changed services funded by the Campus Quality Fee, one of which is the changed library hours for December. Photo Credit: Paul Kingsley / Photo Editor

CSUN students will have the opportunity to spend additional hours in the Oviatt Library to study during Finals week due to funding from the Campus Quality Fee.

Marianne Afifi, associate dean of the Oviatt Library, said during a special presentation Tuesday at the A.S. meeting that the library would be offering extended hours beginning the Saturday before finals week.

The new hours would keep the library open from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. from Dec. 6 to Dec. 14.

Afifi received comments from students last year in favor of the longer hours.

“I think the goal of the quality fee is to improve the student experience on campus,” said A.S. President Conor Lansdale.

The Oviatt Library received $37,000 for extended hours during exam time, according to the A.S. Campus Quality Fee webpage.

Lansdale said the Campus Quality Fee is a fee charged by the university and is a part of the fees students have to pay.

Coleen Martin, coordinator of outreach services, said the library had additional services funded by the Campus Quality Fee starting with a lounge on the fourth floor completed  in Spring 2010.

“The new student lounge has couches and chairs for those students who prefer to study in that environment over the traditional environment of sitting at a desktop,” Martin said.

She added a second lounge used as a study space was expected some time next year and would be located in the Music and Media Collection area on the second floor in the East wing of the library.

The library received $36,000 for that space, according to the A.S. Campus Quality Fee webpage.

Afifi said the Library Textbook Reserve Project-Phase II was also funded by the Campus Quality Fee.

“Professors can put material for class on reserves physically and electronically,” Afifi said. “It makes it easier for people who can’t afford to buy material.”

Afifi asked Senate members to talk to their professors about putting material on reserve because although it gave limited access to the material, it was accessible to everyone.

Freshman Dominique Sconiers, 18, business law and music education major, said he goes to the library everyday because of the services it offers.

“The library is cool,” Sconiers said. “I know if I forget to bring my computer to school, I can always go to the library.”

He said one of his favorite services offered by the library was the group study room.

“I love the fact that a large group of people can study in one room,” Sconiers said.

Lansdale said he toured the library last week and said the Special Collections Exhibition was phenomenal.

Malek Vossough, a Freudian Sip employee, said the coffee cart has had a lot of foot traffic since it became available at the library.

“We’ve been real busy and students are excited when they see us as they come in,” Vossough said. “We are the third highest–grossing Freudian Sip on campus.”

Afifi said the reason for giving the presentation was to provide an overview of the library services students have access.

She added the library would have personal escorts available during extended hours for those students who needed someone to walk them to their cars.