Sep 30, 2009

ID now needed to enter library after 8 pm

Starting October 1st, you will need a current Saint Martin's ID to enter both O'Grady Library and Harned Hall after 8:00 pm. Simply swipe your ID card on the reader next to the library front door on the very right.

Why the change?

We believe this change will enhance the safety and security of students, faculty and staff. After 8:00 pm, we have limited staffing in the library. In Harned Hall, this will enable us to keep Harned 109 open as a computer lab for students late evenings and weekends. Planning for this change began last year, and we consulted with library staff, the Faculty Library Committee, Security, and the former ASSMU president. All supported this change.

What if my card doesn't work?

Security has been updating all active cards, so we expect IDs of most current students, faculty and staff to work. If your card doesn't, please contact Security (OM 251, 438-4555, or Note that for the first few days, the library door on the far left will not be locked so that everyone has a chance to test their card, but still get in if it doesn't work. For Harned, the east door (near the stairs by the cafe area) will be left unlocked for the first few nights.

What if I don't have a card?

You'll need to stop by Security (OM 251) and pick one up. They're open 24/7.

How does this impact community members?

Community members are still welcome to use the library both weekdays and weekends as late as 8:00 pm. Most library use by community members has been before 8:00 pm, so this change should have little practical impact. Both O'Grady Library and Harned Hall will make exceptions to the 8:00 pm limit for special events.

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