CSUEB students seek 24-hour library



By Daniel Moronez, CONTRIBUTOR

California State University, East Bay’s students attempt to do homework at random hours of the day, depending on when they can find time in their busy schedule. Students struggle to find a place to study, especially at night, without access to a 24-hour library.
The University Library opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. which restricts late night study hours. However, the Learning Commons that is connected to the library closes at 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.
“It helps me focus on my studies and what needs to get done”, said William Gallegos, a CSUEB junior. “If it was open 24-hours like some other libraries then I would be able to do work whenever I find the time.”
Most students have classes and work throughout the day and prefer to take a break from their studies at the end of their busy days. Doing assignments at home can be difficult for students due to distractions.
“I go to the Learning Commons quite often because my roommates play video games late, although I’d prefer to do my work in the library,” said CSUEB student Johnathon Washington. “You can get comfortable in the cushioned chairs and overall I tend to get more work done in the library.”
The only 24-hour libraries available to students are at San Jose State University, which it is 28 miles from CSUEB and San Francisco State University which is 34 miles away. The distance to these universities makes it difficult for students to access their libraries, especially those who lack the means of transportation.
John Wenzler, Dean of Libraries, is aware students need for a 24-hour library. He also explains that learning commons being open until 2 a.m is helpful to students who need it.
“Although very few students use libraries at 3 or 4 in the morning, students often request that we keep the library open 24/7 just in case they need it some time,” Wenzler told The Pioneer. “There is a high volume of students who use the library, but less books are being checked out, meaning that students are using other resources the library offers to finish their work.”
Being on campus late at night can be dangerous for students. University Police Lieutenant Omar Miakhail argues that students have nothing to worry about.
“We have an officer who is on duty in the Learning Commons up until it closes as well as officers patrolling the campus throughout the night,” Lt. Miakhail said. “Students are the driving force of the university and our presence deters any crime related activities.”
Lt. Miakhail does not anticipate any problems if the library hours are extended.
“We are here for the students, if they want longer library hours and are given those hours, then we will keep our presence here for their safety,” he said.
Students will have to continue to utilize the Learning Commons until CSUEB can provide a 24-hour library.