Over the summer, Mabee Library changed its hours of operation. Mabee used to be open 24 hours Monday through Friday and is now only open until 2 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, until 11 p.m. on Thursday and until 6 p.m. on Friday. Financial constraints and students' failure to utilize these extended hours are said to be the reason for the change.
While the cut in hours may benefit the library financially, students are worried that it will affect their study habits. There are still a number of students who relied on Mabee’s 24/5 schedule to complete their studying. The extended hours were also an attractive selling point to prospective Washburn students. Some may argue that the hours are still plenty extensive for the average student, however, for those students that work either really early or really late, the loss of those several hours may be crucial to them. Perhaps if this proves to be a problem to too many students, Mabee will decide to reinstate their previous schedule.