Procrastinators Rejoice!

The Ross Pendergraft Library is open 24 hours the rest of this week to help you finally pull off what you’ve been putting off.  Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 7th, the Library will be open until Friday, 9:00 P.M.  In addition to 24 hour service for Wednesday and Thursday, we’re also extending our Friday night hours.

As always our full finals schedule, as well as our reduced winter interim hours, is posted to our Library Hours page: http://library.atu.edu/about/hours/.   Alas, the Music Lab and Interlibrary Loan offices will retain their normal operating hours.

You will still be able to check-out materials, return items, borrow headphones, and ask Reference questions.  However, no fine payments will be accepted after midnight.

Late night study-animals will be treated to coffee, tea, and texting trivia.  Stress-relieving crayons and coloring books are positioned around some of the tables—color in case of emergency.  If you take a picture of the artwork, send it to askalibrarian@atu.edu–we might even put it on our Facebook refrigerator wall.

A colorbook owl saying, "You should be studying!"

You can also follow us on Twitter for more news, announcements, or pictures of the night owls of #clubpendy.

Also, when a second floor study group starts becoming less about study and more about group, summon a shushing librarian to the scene by sending a text with location and details to: 479-802-4876.  Our Text-A-Librarian service can also be used to provide instantaneous, expert answers for research, citations, and the brew strength of the library coffee.

Coffee Pots, coffee cups, and a poor attempt at a meme referencing the one about barber dialogues.

So join us again—our 5th semester—to burn the midnight oil in a place that always has your back and is cheering on your success to the finish.  You’ve made it this far—keep going and good luck on finals!

Dispatches from 4 AM

wp_20141212_04_31_49_proAt 4 AM, the library is nearly silent except for the whirrr of vacuums and the suppressed giggles of tired, delirious students.  Tables are crammed with notes, laptops, and, occasionally, a sleeper.  This is 4 AM during the library’s inaugural 24 hour opening for finals. In a place normally closed from 1:00 AM through 7:00 AM, the lights here have not been turned off since its closing on the previous Saturday.  They will continue to stay on until 6:00 PM on Friday, December 12th.

Stoney Burks, junior in History & Education.

What kind of students are here at 4 AM?  As it turns out, all kinds.  Stoney Burks, a history and education major, was just here trying to find a quiet place to read while his roommate plays video games.

While many reported the usual suspect—procrastination—as the primary reason for the early hours, others, like Bethany Skaggs, a junior double majoring in Economics & Finance and Marketing & Management, replied that she prefers studying at night, especially since her days are so busy with other activities.

Another student replied, “I’m just waiting here until my final at 7:00 AM.  I’m too scared I will sleep through my alarm if I fall asleep now!”

Marques Ennett, junior in Economics & Finance.

For many of the students here at this time, it was the quiet that drew them.  Marques Ennett, a junior majoring in Economics and Finance, was working alone in a back corner, studying for his finals the next day.  “The environment is much quieter at the library,” he replied when asked why he chose to come here.  Like other students, he works during the day when he’s not classes.   So if he needs to study, he must do it during the late hours.

For students without computers, the library also represented the only place open late to access the research, software, and printers they need to finish assignments.  In addition to examinations, projects and papers are also due during finals.  “My computer at home is kind of buggy, but this one is not,” said one student, working on a research paper.

Most of the students not at computer desks were found clumped together at tables and within study rooms to help keep each other awake.  “I would be asleep if I was in my dorm,” said one night owl.  “It helps to be around a group.”

Caitlin Hicks, a freshman majoring in Middle-Level Education sleepily waited across a table for her friend, Kaily Sibrian to finish up an essay.

wp_20141212_03_46_39_pro

Caitlin Hicks & Kaily Sibrian trying to stay awake and on task

When they were asked why they didn’t prefer some place like Denny’s to study, Kaily said, “At a food place, I would be more tempted to buy something.”

“It’s too easy to get distracted,” added Caitlin.

wp_20141203_01_42_05_proOne does not often make it to 4 AM on good company alone, however.  It sometimes takes caffeine or sugar to keep burning the midnight oil.  As a special treat, the campus administration sponsored coffee and snacks during the late hours to help students go that extra mile through the night.  Many listed the coffee as the top perk of the evening, both in terms of happiness and in actual metabolic rates.

To the 46 or so students here at 4 AM–and to all other ATU students–we in the Ross Pendergraft Library & Technology Center salute you for all of your hard work this semester.  If you’ve got a picture or a story to tell us about studying all night in the library, send it to us at askalibrarian@atu.edu or post on our Facebook or Twitter pages.  We’d love to know your opinions about the 24-hour service, and what we can do to make your final exams a little easier to get through in the future.  Best of luck on the rest of the exams, and most importantly, get some sleep!!!