In response to student requests for extended library hours, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library will now remain open until 1:30 a.m. on Sunday through Wednesday nights instead of closing at 1 a.m.

In exchange for the later closing times during the week, the library will now open at 10 a.m. instead of 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays.

"There has traditionally been very little use of the building early on Saturdays," said Associate Librarian for Public Services Judy Montgomery.

"While the net gain is only half an hour, we have been able to redistribute the hours to better meet student needs," she said.

The Language Media Center's hours have also been extended this semester at student request. The media center, which was formally closed all day on Saturdays, will now be open on Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m.

According to Montgomery, the changes in hours will result in some increased costs for the College. However, "most of these changes were made possible by shifting staff work assignments when filling a vacancy in the H-L circulation staff," she said.

For Sam Dinning '09, the change in hours "demonstrates the library's continuing willingness to listen and respond to student opinion."

"The library is clearly an invaluable resource for students and the changes they made over to summer are part of a continuing effort to make the library more accessible and helpful for students," Dinning said.