3 April 2019 • Bram Koster
Weekend opening of library ‘pretty much a big success’
In November last year the Executive Board decided to extend the opening hours of the Library and Study Plaza. Last weekend was the first time it was open to students. According to Tecla ten Berge, the library unit manager, the weekend opening was a big success: “Many students took advantage of the opportunity to study for the upcoming examinations and there was a good atmosphere.”
The library staff were slightly nervous beforehand. Tecla: “We have been surveying satisfaction with the library for years and each time there appeared to be a need for longer opening hours. But now that the time has come, people do have to come of course. There were some healthy pre-competition nerves.”
At the door
The nerves didn’t last long though, because on arriving at THUAS there were already students at the door waiting to be let in. On Saturday we registered over 1,100 visitors and there were even over 1,300 visitors on Sunday. That is only slightly less than the average 1,500 visitors we had on Fridays in March. “And the weather was way too nice to be inside at that”, Ten Berge smiled.
A deliberate choice
There was also a clear difference with normal week days. Tecla: “There was a certain calm. Perhaps because there were fewer people coming and going than usual. On weekdays, students also come to study in between lessons. Now, I noticed that everyone had deliberately chosen to come to the library and work for a few hours.”
Tecla’s team was well prepared for the weekend opening. Consideration was given to security, cleaning and the catering. Only one problem surfaced, and that was that it wasn’t possible to print with the campus card. But the staff members quickly came up with a solution: they helped students print on printers that were not connected to the network. “I am happy we could offer that workaround”, said Tecla “And also compliments to the students, we didn’t hear any moaning about it.”
So, looking back now, can we say it was a successful test? Tecla is cautiously proud: “Certainly, it was pretty much a big success.”
The coming two weekends – 6 & 7 and 13 & 14 April – the library will be open again from 10 am to 10.30 pm, as well as during the examination period in block 4. From September, the library will be open every weekend.
Tecla ten Berge, THUAS library unit manager