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To: La Trobe University
Extend La Trobe Library Hours
The La Trobe Student Union (LTSU) Calls on La Trobe University to extend the Bundoora Library closing time to 12am and give students the access they need to a vital service.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, La Trobe University boasted a 24/7 library. This allowed students to study in a safe and quiet environment, at times that suited our schedules. Often, it was the only appropriate space we had to do so.
Several weeks ago, the LTSU successfully petitioned the University to extend the Library closing time from 5pm to 8pm. Whilst this extension was welcomed, it still left students significantly less supported than before the pandemic.
Therefore, the La Trobe Student Union (LTSU) calls on the University to extend the library hours to 8am - 12am by the end of mid-semester break!
Why is this important?
Students do not exist on a normal 9-5 schedule. We are not always available during 'standard' work hours to come into the library and study.
With many of us in casual or irregular work, caring for loved ones, or taking classes at odd times, we need a University library that is as flexible as we have to be.
La Trobe students are back on campus. We're trying to succeed in our studies and trying to access the necessary resources to do so. For many of us, the library is one of the few safe and secure places where we can do this.
As major assessments and exams draw closer, we deserve the best chance of success - to deprive us of a safe space to study does not allow that. La Trobe University must extend the Library hours immediately!