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April 1, 2008

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UT Tyler Library Extends Hours for Finals

The University of Texas at Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library will extend its hours for five days to accommodate students preparing for finals, Dr. Howard Patterson, interim vice president for student affairs and external relations, announced.

The library will remain open until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, May 4 - 8.

“The Student Government Association believes that it is necessary for the library to hold extended hours during finals weeks so the students have an open venue to study as individuals or in groups. Given this belief, the SGA supported an extension of library hours as a pilot program. Many students took advantage of these extended hours to prepare for their exams. SGA feels that this pilot program was a success and hopes that UT Tyler will continue to make these additional hours available for students each semester,” said Duy-Ahn Doan, UT Tyler SGA vice president.

Only UT Tyler students with current IDs will be admitted during the extended hours. Students must bring correct change for copiers and vending machines as change will not be made during the hours of midnight – 2 a.m.

Payment of fines also will not be accepted at this time.

“Starting at 10 p.m., the entire library will be designated a ‘quiet’ zone as we've done in past years. However, room 401 will be available for groups wishing to study without disrupting individuals studying. Even then, we hope that noise will be kept to a minimum in room 401,” said Jeanne Pyle, director of the library.

Students must have their current university ID in order to be admitted to the library during the extended study time. Security will check IDs as students enter.

“We want to provide a safe, quiet study atmosphere for our students as they prepare for final exams. After midnight, those without proper IDs or not affiliated with the university will not be able to use the library during these hours,” she added.

Free coffee will be available, compliments of the library. Food will not be allowed in the building, but covered drinks may be brought in.

For more information, contact the UT Tyler library, 903.566.7342.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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