by Tricia Carey
Sterling Library and Bass Library will extend their closing times from 6 pm to 10 pm, Monday through Thursday, beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 7. With this change, the two adjacent, connected libraries will be open 68 hours a week until residential students leave campus for the semester at Thanksgiving. See all library hours.
“Many students have reached out asking us to stay open later, and I’m thrilled we can do that now,” said Barbara Rockenbach, the Stephen F. Gates ’68 University Librarian. “Beyond the practical need for study space and access to physical collections, the libraries provide a shared campus experience that is more difficult for students to find during the pandemic.”
Since the beginning of the fall semester, Yale Library has reopened more than a dozen libraries and special collection repositories for use by current students, faculty, and staff who are authorized by the University to be on campus. For library staff, reopening has required a careful balance between supporting physical library access and providing an array of new services to support remotely enrolled students, online teaching, and online research.
Within Sterling, the evening schedule will include Gilmore Music Library and the contactless pickup service in the Sterling nave, but service desks in the nave and the music library will close in the evenings due to staffing constraints. Patrons are encouraged to seek assistance at the service desk in Bass or use the Ask Yale Library live chat service.
At this time, there are no plans to expand hours at other library locations, and service parameters during the so-called “quiet period” between Thanksgiving and the end of the semester are still under discussion. Yale Library continues to provide and support significant public access to digital collections.
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