Tuesday 6 June 2017
From September 2017, Mile End Library will be open 24 hours a day during term-time, to enable you to continue your studies at whatever time is convenient for you. While the 24-hour service currently operates during exam time, from next academic year the library space will be available for all students all day throughout the semester.
In response to student feedback calling for a permanent 24-hour space, Library Services has been working with Estates and Facilities and the Security team on a project to deliver the funding and logistics to ensure a safe and secure 24-hour study environment.
Kate Price, Head of Library Services, comments: “We are delighted to fulfil the long-standing desire for extended access to study spaces during term-time, particularly when many of our students travel long distances to be on campus and want to make the very best use of their time while they are here. We have been really happy to work in close collaboration with the Students’ Union to make this come about.”
The Students’ Union has been campaigning for 24-hour access for a number of years. SU President, Miranda Black, comments: “The Union has been pushing for a 24/7 library during term-time for what feels like ages, so this is incredible news! It was submitted to Student Council as a priority and has been top of the wish list for a lot of students. I’m over the moon and very grateful to the university for making this happen.”
SU Vice President Education, Sumeera Ahmad, adds: “Student surveys have really helped in showing that students need a 24-hour space outside of exam time, and we’re delighted that this is something that Queen Mary will now provide.”
The Mile End Library will be open 24 hours a day from the first day of Welcome Week 2017.