Due to budget concerns, the Libraries have had to make the difficult decision to not have student workers at least through the end of fall. The Music Library relies heavily on our students. With only 2 full-time staff members, it would be impractical and impossible to keep our normal hours. So we needed to reduce our hours. Our next consideration was how the tasks that ~7 student workers were responsible for were to be done by our 2 full-time staffers who also have their own workload. Taking this all into consideration, it was decided that in order to maintain the library, we couldn't be open* more than 4 hours each day. This allows for 4 hours where patrons are our first priority, and 4 hours of undivided attention on the collection to get the students' vital tasks done, take care of our own responsibilities, provide virtual reference services, digitize materials (following copyright and fair use) for courses, and individual requests, pull items from the collection, and much more. This decision was not an easy one, but necessary for the library to continue functioning.
*open with no patron access - please see our "Open" page for more information