RICHARDSON, Texas (Aug. 1, 2005) — In response to requests from students, the McDermott Library at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) has extended its normal operating hours from Sunday through Thursday nights to 2 a.m.
“We have always sought to be responsive in regard to the needs of our students,” said Dr. Larry D. Sall, dean of libraries at UTD. “After considering our own surveys and listening to the desires of many students, we have decided to offer this extended service, and we are going to do so within our current budget.”
At present, the latest the library is open until is midnight. The new hours become effective on Aug. 18, the first day of the full fall semester and will be effective through finals week. The circulation, information and media desks will be open during the extended hours. The hours for the fall semester are:
Sunday – 1 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Monday through Thursday – 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Friday – 8 a.m. to midnight
Saturday – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“This is wonderful news,” said Dr. Darrelene Rachavong, UTD vice president for student affairs. “It is something the Student Government Association has wanted for awhile. We are grateful to Dr. Sall for working on this and making it happen.”
Since the McDermott Library is open to the public, the extended hours also will benefit patrons from the community, Sall said.
The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls more than 14,000 students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s web site at www.utdallas.edu.