It seems pretty pointless stopping the 24/7 opening times when it is most need. As mentioned before college can get noisier when others have finished and the few still need somewhere else to work. I understand that this cant be changed now but I would have thought better consultation with students would have shown how important this was. In respect to that I noticed that on the library tab there was a question based exactly on this:
"Library 24/7 runs for 4 weeks this year. With a set budget, taking into account statistics and feedback from last year, we decided to shorten 24/7. We used the budget instead to open over the Easter Weekend, immediately before the start of term (when the University is usually closed). We’ve had lots of feedback already and we’d like to know… Which option would you have chosen?"
Over two thirds said that they wanted 6 weeks of 24/7 showing that the weekend option (when most people were not in Durham) was an unpopular decision.
With the university so desperate to improve its standings on the league table it seems a no brainer that a 24/7 library period during exams increases student satisfaction and gives students access to a very high quality facility.
I realise this has been a bit of a rant but this decision has really annoyed me.