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UCF SGA Senate advances resolution to make John C. Hitt Library open 24/5

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Editor’s note: This article incorrectly stated in the headline that the SGA resolution would make the John C. Hitt Library operate 24/7 when it would actually be open 24 hours a day on weekdays only if passed. 

The UCF SGA Senate is pushing a resolution forward that would extend the John C. Hitt Library’s hours to 24 hours a day on weekdays.

Resolution 50-25 unanimously passed its second reading at Thursday’s Senate meeting.

The resolution, introduced by Sen. Erika Lytle, states that “the current hours of the library do not provide adequate time for students to study and prepare for their academic rigor.” 

The John C. Hitt library on UCF’s main campus is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m., according to its website.

“Pretty much every school in the U.S. at least has a 24/5 library in place,” Lytle said.

The hour extension is estimated to cost $150,000 per year, Lytle said, when accounting for longer working hours, keeping the circulation desk open and increasing security.

If the hours are extended, Lytle said only students would be allowed in after 10 p.m. and would need to swipe their UCF ID to enter the building.

Sen. Jeremy Batista urged the Senate to vote on the legislation because it “will create a better school for everyone.”

The John C. Hitt library is under construction and will have 24-hour study rooms, according to Holzman Moss Botino Architecture, the company that created the designs for the new library.

However, the entire project won’t be complete for another five years, according to the library’s website. Lytle said she is hoping UCF would consider having the 24-hour program in place sooner.

“If this resolution passes third reading, the senators I am currently working with and myself will continue meeting with the director and associate director of UCF Libraries,” Lytle said in a Saturday Facebook message.

Lytle said senators will work to confirm the resolution’s cost and may initially offer the resolution as a trial run to see if students like it.

IN OTHER NEWS:

  • Two bills passed second reading, allocating more than $5,000 to Registered Student Organizations.
  • Two resolutions passed the first reading, one passed third reading and another passed second reading.
  • Constitutional amendment 50-01 was postponed and will be voted on at the next Senate meeting.
  • Elyse Mundelein was appointed to Election Commission seat eight.

The next UCF SGA Senate meeting is on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Key West Ballroom in the Student Union on UCF’s main campus.