The Office of the Provost had been funding Library West’s extended hours for the past year, but the cash flow will be cut off this Fall.
Instead, Newell Hall will continue to be open 24/7 in the Fall, said Student Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Emily Dunson.
The Provost’s Office conducted a six-week study to measure usage of both Library West and Newell Hall from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m., according to a Student Government Facebook post. A survey on usage was also distributed to students.
The Provost’s Office made their decision based on the data collected, Student Body President Ian Green said.
“I know this can come (as) a shock to some students,” Green said. “24/7 libraries was something that a lot of students advocated for this past Fall and in further elections as well.”
The survey found that 96 percent of the occupants in Library West and Newell Hall can fit into Newell Hall, Green said.
With the change, Green intends to better equip Newell Hall to satisfy student needs.
Green said he wants to add computer stations to the Newell Hall building. He is unsure of how many computers will be added.
The computers should also be available for free SG printing, Green said. Currently, the basement of Reitz Union is the only location that allows students to use the SG free printing service.
Green said adding computers will also ensure students have 24/7 access to a computer.
“Instead of harping on the concerns, I’m really looking to turning Newell Hall into a better student space for all students,” Green said.