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C.G. O’Kelly Library open around the clock

By Tiara Bennett
On May 2, 2016


C.G. O’Kelly library will be open 24 hours from April 24 through May 5.

Wanda Brown, the new director of library services, came up with the idea to have the library open. Brown is an alumna of Winston-Salem State and she worked at Wake Forest Univer- sity for 35 years.

“Students really just want to have the building open,” Brown said.

WFU is the only college or university library in Winston-Salem that is open 24 hours. All of the services at Wake Forest’s library are limited during midnight and 8 a.m.

“Where I came from we were open all the time. We were open 24 hours from Sunday to Thursday and during exam we were open 24/7,” Brown said. From now on during exam time, O’Kelly will be open 24 hours.

“I would like to have the library open 24 hours during the semester, but we are going to have to look at to see what it takes for us to do that,’ Brown said.

O’Kelly will have the textbook and the laptop services available, but the other library services may not be available.

There are 15 volunteers, who are staff that gave up their regular working shift to help out. Most of the volunteers are full time employees.

The volunteers won’t be paid extra unless they are temporary employees, who are picking up extra hours. All of the library staff will be helping cover each other’s hours.

“If one of those volunteers is a reference person then the student will be able to get that help they need, but we are providing limited services to the students, faculty and staff,” Brown said.

“What needs to be understood is if we are open 24/7 then administration will have to understand we will probably need more funding and more staff,” said Forrest Foster, the information commons coordinator in O’Kelly.

Brown said she would like to have co ee for everyone including the volunteers to stay up during this time.

“We are working with Aramark, trying to figure out how we can do that and we are hoping they make it affordable for us to do this.”

Brown said they are going to have snacks at 11 p.m. starting the week of exams. Every day food will be provided for everyone such as Subway sandwiches, pizza, chicken biscuits and other treats.

“I think it’s an opportunity to show the students how we are there for them. They have been asking for it for quite some time, but I’m also interested to see how many of them will turnout,” Foster said.

Foster said they tried doing this years ago and the turn out wasn’t what they expected. Student can use their Ram card to get in to O’Kelly.

Brown used social media, campus announcement, signs and the library home page to notify the students of the new times.

Davonte Boston, senior jus- tice studies major from Robersonville, N.C., said the extended hours gives students time to do work whenever they want to.

Boston said he believes it will be a big turnout because the library is usually packed around exam time.

“If someone has an assignment due 8 a.m. and it’s 4 a.m. they can go to the library to nish their work because everyone doesn’t have laptops,” Boston said.

“We are here for our student success and we want to show you that we care,” Brown said. 

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