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Library extends hours for finals

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Kevin Cueva, 19, left, computer engineering major studies for his final exams with his friends Lucas Linares, 18, business major and Bentley Acker, 20, nursing major during fall 2017. The Moorpark College library has extended its hours this week and through finals week to help students better prepare for finals. Photo credit: Eric Caldwell

Kevin Cueva, 19, left, computer engineering major studies for his final exams with his friends Lucas Linares, 18, business major and Bentley Acker, 20, nursing major during fall 2017. The Moorpark College library has extended its hours this week and through finals week to help students better prepare for finals. Photo credit: Eric Caldwell

Kevin Cueva, 19, left, computer engineering major studies for his final exams with his friends Lucas Linares, 18, business major and Bentley Acker, 20, nursing major during fall 2017. The Moorpark College library has extended its hours this week and through finals week to help students better prepare for finals. Photo credit: Eric Caldwell


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By Cindy Rodriguez

The Moorpark College library is extending hours during finals for the second straight year to allow students more time to study and work.

Beginning the week before finals, Monday through Thursday, May 7 to 10, the library hours will be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 11, will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 12, will be open from noon to 5 p.m. The week of finals, Monday through Thursday, May 14 to 17, will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 18, will be open from 7 a.m. to noon.

“We were trying to participate in fostering students’ success and many of us know of other academic libraries that extend during finals, and it was suggested that we look into it,” said Mary LaBarge, associate librarian.

The extension will allow students to use all three floors of the library, including access to library materials such as reference/research assistance, the 140 computer lab facilities and subject tutoring.

In the age of internet, students can work from anywhere they want, but there is a unique feeling about a library. The Moorpark College library continues to find ways to be beneficial each year for students who use it.

“We make it a point at Moorpark College that there is a reference librarian on duty all the hours we’re open, period,” LaBarge said. “That is to help people feel supported and feel there are answers that could be given to their questions.”

Chloe Webb, a student radiology major, uses the library twice a week, four hours each time.

“It’s pretty, it’s calming and quiet,” Webb said. “I think it’s better than Starbucks. It’s a library, and I’m comfortable here. For students that need to use the computers, it’ll definitely be better for the library to extend time.”

The decision to extend availability by 20 hours during the two weeks resulted in staffing becoming serious challenge, but the library has learned to work around it.

“For student workers, we are able to move money for covering this time frame and librarians will work out their schedules,” LaBarge said. “It does not cost the school.”

All three full-time librarians, Faten Habib, Danielle Kaprelian, and Mary LaBarge will be participating during the extension. Student workers will be on duty at the checkout desk, and desks on each floor will be covered.

Extension hours have been a big feedback for the library, and if students continue to approach the idea of needing extra hours during the regular library hours, they could potentially look into an extension permanently.

LaBarge said that as the library is expecting a student visitation increase during finals, the best time for students to likely find a spot in the library would be afternoons and even better during the evenings. The time frames that students are using the library the most is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“It’s to try and help students feel comfortable and have a place to come and work on projects, study for tests and all things that wouldn’t be available from home,” she said. “Some people may not have a quiet place at home. They could come to the library. It’s that kind of feeling.”

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