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Review: Drake Memorial Library

by Aaron Cerbone - News Editor
Tue, May 2nd 2017 07:35 pm

The library is a central building on any college campus; The College at Brockport's Drake Memorial Library is the college's hub for education, providing students with computers, dozens of specialized services and a focused environment to do their work. The most obvious benefit to students is apparent the moment you step through the front doors on any afternoon. Rows of computers stretch from one end of the building to the other, dozens in use with students roaming around looking for an open desk. The library is also where students can pick the brains of librarians, use the Makerspace 3-D printer, sift through books and take a trip to Aerie Café to keep energized.

With so many useful, convenient and even vital services only offered by the library, the only downside is that students don't have 24/7 access to them. Closing at 1:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, 8 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday, Drake is shut until the morning six hours later. This is a significant portion of the day when the building is not open for use. Although it might not be the normal thing to do, working in the library late at night and early into the morning is not all too weird to imagine. If students were encouraged to work at these times, many would be able to schedule their days better.

Our lives are not dictated by the sun; unless you own a farm, there is no reason not to be at the library in the wee hours of the morning. Have you ever bolted up in bed right before falling asleep, realizing you still have something to do at the library? Or have you had to leave the library when you could have easily gotten another two hours of work done? Education does not end with the day. Students have busy lives, balancing so much all the while trying to find enough time to do homework. Sometimes that means they are up at ungodly hours trying to finish work due the next day. There should be a reliable place on campus to complete it. 

Not all students own a laptop and may require the library's computers. Even more do not have access to printers at home or all the software and programs available at the library. Drake's computers have plenty of important software that students require to complete their work.Students who do not have a computer, printer or any of the mentioned software are only able to work on their homework at certain times of the day.

St. John Fisher's library closes at midnight, a whole hour and a half before Drake. Both Rochester Institute of Technology and the University at Buffalo have libraries that are open 24 hours a day. It would be nice if Brockport students could have that same freedom. 24-hour access to the library would undoubtedly increase traffic to the building as well. If students know they will not have rush and, they will be more likely to do late-night work in Drake.