In response to numerous student requests, Falvey Memorial Library is now providing 24/7 access to three floors: the ground, first and second floors. This is only a trial to test the feasibility of 24/7 access. After hours, students will enter the Library (using their Wildcards) through the main entrance, through the exterior door to Holy Grounds or through the Falvey Hall/Old Falvey doors which provide access to the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room. The third and fourth floors and Falvey West stacks will be closed from 11:30 pm Sunday through Thursday and from 4:30 pm Friday and Saturday until the Library opens in the morning. Research support librarians and access services staff will be on duty only during regular library hours. Service desk hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 am-midnight; Friday, 8 am-5pm; Saturday, 9 am-5pm; Sunday, noon-midnight.
The new 24/7 access provides students with lots of comfortable, well-lighted and safe study spaces and seating choices, from the quiet Dugan Polk Family Reading Room to the various areas on the second floor. The Library is committed to providing safe study spaces for Villanova students. However, this is a pilot only and could change if problems are encountered.
David Tedjeske, Director of Public Safety, says, “Public Safety is pleased to support the initiative to provide 24 hour access to Falvey Memorial Library. The Library is well equipped with security cameras and card access systems that aid in keeping the building safe and secure. In addition, Public Safety officers will be patrolling the interior of the building throughout the night. Most importantly though, we need students to let us know if anything seems unusual or suspicious. One way to do so is by calling Public Safety at 610-519-4444. Students can also use the NOVA SAFE App to text public safety if there’s a problem we should know about. The app’s texting function includes the ability for the reporter to remain anonymous.”
Will D. Cat 24/7 graphic by Joanne Quinn, Communication and Marketing director. Tedjeske’s photograph courtesy of Villanova University.
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