Thursday, 10 June 2010
Students create their own library
The Los Angeles Times has a story about students at Cal State Los Angeles who have created their own "people's" library. The regular university library, due to budget cuts, was forced to limit the hours that it's open. Instead of staying open until midnight, the library now closes at 8 pm. Students contend that reduced access to library resources was affecting their studies, especially during the period before final exams. So they gathered donated chairs and tables and have been using campus electrical hookups for lighting and equipment just outside the university's main library and created an open air study area. The "People's Library" stays open until midnight, and provides a copy machine, a printer and free coffee as well as a quiet place to study and internet access.