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CNM Libraries Expand Hours to Meet Student Needs

The lights will be on late at the Libraries during finals week, and the regular hours of the libraries have changed as well, in response to student requests. The library staff recently conducted a survey for student feedback about what hours would best serve them and have made changes accordingly. Each campus's library has increased its hours anywhere from 10 to 28 percent.

Aug 30, 2016

December 2010

The lights will be on late at the Libraries during finals week, and the regular hours of the libraries have changed as well, in response to student requests. The library staff recently conducted a survey for student feedback about what hours would best serve them and have made changes accordingly. Each campus's library has increased its hours anywhere from 10 to 28 percent. 

"We are always looking for student input," Associate Director of Libraries Poppy Johnson Renvall says. "And the survey clearly showed students needed additional hours be made available from the library. So that is what we did."

Students are already taking advantage of the extra time at the library branches during the earlier morning and later evening periods. In the future, CNM Libraries plan to respond to another area of student feedback by expanding the number of computers available in the Library Research Lab.
While the additional space in the new Student Resource Center has helped students enjoy the full range of resources available, the CNM Libraries continue to keep focus on its core values. One of the Libraries' guiding values is that of serving as an integral part of research and learning at CNM. Toward that end, the CNM Libraries administered this survey in order to listen to students about what they liked and what changes they desired, regarding the Libraries' hours of operation. A survey was made available to patrons at the Main Campus during the month of September. A total of 100 surveys were received.

During finals week this term, the Main Campus Library will stay open until 11 p.m., two hours later than normal, on Dec. 6, 7, 8, 13 and 14. English, math and chemistry tutors from the Assistance Centers for Education will also be available during these extended hours to assist students with last-minute preparations for their exams. Starting at 7 p.m. on each of the above mentioned dates, the Library will also provide students with free coffee and cookies.

CNM Libraries are enjoying a period of growth. All five campuses now offer students a library branch. The Main Campus Library, in particular, has expanded significantly, opening its doors this fall in the new Student Resource Center. This growth allows more students to take advantage of the rich and diverse resources available for research and study. Printing services are now available at all campus libraries, and laptops are now available for check out in the libraries at Main, Montoya, and Rio Rancho campuses.