Pattee and Paterno Libraries Extend Hours

Story posted March 12, 2021 in CommRadio, News by Emily Grill

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The Pattee and Paterno Libraries recently announced that they will now be opening at 9 a.m.

This is the first time since the university closed nearly a year ago due to COVID-19 that the library has extended its hours.

Freshman Jenna Carlton, majoring in architecture, goes to the library to study on average about four days a week. She explains that the library is her favorite place to study because she finds it easier to focus when she is in a quiet environment.

“I will probably take my earlier Zoom classes there so I can have longer time to study there,” Carlton said.

Prior to the pandemic, the library was open for 24 hours a day, giving students the option to study at night.

Sophomore Angela McCarthy, majoring in biobehavioral health, goes to the library often to study. She talked about how she wishes the library would extend its hours to be open later instead of earlier.

“If they open later, that would probably be better because I’m a person who likes to study at night,” McCarthy said. “When it gets dark out, I work best, so when it’s open later, I would be there longer.”

Leo Lo, the libraries’ Associate Dean for Learning, said that adding hours back to the Pattee and Paterno Libraries’ weekly schedule has been part of Penn State University Libraries’ phased plan to “provide safe operating hours and library spaces.”

Discussions continue on when Sunday hours will resume, but the University is hopeful that it will be sometime in the near future.

General research assistance is still only available via Zoom appointment, but administrators are hopeful that this in-person feature will resume soon as well.


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