Hale learning commons to be open 24/5, floor secured from rest of building

Wildcats gathered around the Hale Library desks to study with other students on Sept 30, 2019. (Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)

On Monday, Nov. 3, Hale Library’s Dave and Ellie Everitt Learning Commons will begin 24/5 hours. The commons will be open from Sunday at 1 p.m. to Friday at 6 p.m.

The ability to secure the learning commons from the rest of the building led to this change. Previously, there was no way to secure the different floors of Hale.

“The modification reduces the cost of staffing overnight hours since there is only one floor to monitor,” Lori Goetsch, dean of libraries, said in K-State today. “This has been one of our highest priorities with the renovation of Hale Library. We know how important it is to students.”

Ben Marlow, sophomore in architectural engineering, said he thinks this opens up more opportunity for students.

“I think the fact that it’s open like that now gives student an opportunity not only to explore more of the campus but also have a new place to study and get work done,” Marlow said. “We’re able to see the actual transformation of the building itself.”

The second floor of Hale is scheduled to open in the spring 2020 semester and all renovations should be completed by the end of 2020.

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