Over the summer, Mabee library reduced its hours of operation. The stated benefit of reducing library hours is to save money. Mabee used to be open 24 hours Monday through Friday. Currently, the library opens at 7 a.m. on Monday through Friday and it is open until 2 a.m. Monday through Wednesday. Until 11 p.m. Thursdays and until 6 p.m. on Fridays. Weekend hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and from 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sundays.
While reducing the hours of Mabee may save the university some money, this new library time reduction might affect students' study habits. Some students relied on Mabee library being open 24 hours during the week to complete their studying. The extended hours were also an attractive selling point to prospective Ichabods. The library hours may be extensive for the average student living on campus, but Washburn has a lot of nontraditional students that need the library to be open either really early or really late. Only time will tell if saving money by reducing library hours is sacrificing students' grades.