Library Adds Card-swipe Access – OHIO University Libraries

Library Adds Card-swipe Access

Authored by Amelia Kibbe

Card readers on the second and fourth floors. (Photo by Lexi Browning/ Ohio University Libraries)

Carrying backpacks brimming with books and their arms full of folders stuffed with papers, students head to the Library mentally preparing for an early semester overnight study session. But they should make sure to carry something else too—their ID cards—to access the building between midnight and 8 a.m.

Students can now access both the second and fourth floors of the Library 24 hours-a-day, five days-a-week. One door on each floor has a card reader located beside it.

“[More overnight access] has been a request we have had going on from the Student Senate and the Graduate Student Senate for at least the past five to eight years,” said Chad Boeninger, head of reference. “…We wanted to fix that.”

Kelly Broughton, assistant dean for research and educational services, added that the main goal is to increase student productivity.

“It will be so nice to have the extra space available for our late-night studiers,” she said. “Even though students can get help via [Live] Chat from our staff all night long, a safe, academic atmosphere is what we want to provide to the students.”