If you’re one of those people, like I am, who remembers the assignment for the next class at 2 a.m. and suddenly realizes your friendly computer has betrayed you, there’s no need to panic. You can take your time, gather your stuff and walk to the library at 3 a.m., or at your own convenience, thanks to our 24-hour library.
With the growing campus community, students will now have the choice of accessing the library on their own time. They don’t have to worry about finishing their assignments in a hurry or waiting for someone to open the doors in the first hour so they can rush to their class.
With the convenience of a 24-hour library, students who want a secluded and silent area to study can find their place. Oftentimes, you might have an exam the next day, and you’re constantly bugged by your roommate’s loud music or the party next door. No worries. You can just leave them alone and get to your safe haven where you can study in peace. After all, it’s your exam, and you have to do well. And hey, you do not have to yell at your roommate. afterall.
It is also good to know Bistro Burnett will be open – a 24-hour Starbucks. It will give students some snacks to munch on if their stomaches growl, and a cup of coffee will certainly help them to be awake to finish assignments.
Security is one of the concerns. When I walk toward the library at 3 a.m., how secure will I feel? It wouldn’t be difficult to reconcile the fact that there might be some prowlers waiting outside near the library for someone to walk out in the middle of the night. I hope the TCU Police comes up with measures to tackle this issue unless the students are forced to stay within the library until dawn.
The success of the 24-hour library will certainly depend on the students. The university has offered us a benefit, and it is in our best interest that we utilize it. Most students might not be seen lingering in the library at 3 a.m. during normal school session, but I see many others, including myself, during the mid-term and the final week of school.
Having a 24-hour library is also a matter of pride for TCU and its students. This action shows the university’s efforts to provide students with the best possible facilities, as well as how much it cares for its students’ education.
Bibek Bhandari is a senior international communication major.