Finals are approaching. It is coming up on 2 a.m., and you still have not started your PowerPoint presentation that is worth approximately 10 percent of your grade.
You turn your computer on and start working, but then you remember that you need to use at least two primary sources, most of which are contained behind the locked doors at the Emporia State library. That is where the project stops.
If only the library continued to stay open, perhaps for 24 hours, or maybe if just one floor stayed open, in addition to the six decks that contain those sweet books that count towards your minimum number of primary and secondary sources. Having access to a computer at any point in time is especially important for those students who do not have one.
One of the main issues is availability. I doubt most students want to stay up past 3 a.m. This could be presented as a boon, however, as students looking for community service hours could volunteer and man the stations, possibly checking their Facebook accounts or random Google news feeds, helping to pass the time. It sounds like a win-win situation to me.
But what about our safety? Campus police work 24/7 and are here to keep us safe. An officer could easily be made aware of the student presence at the library.
Granted, with a location staying open for 24 hours, there are multiple parameters that must be accounted for, but think of the greatness that could come with having a location that one could go to at any point in time to relax, study and maybe just unwind with a cup of coffee.