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Representatives from Student Government at The University of Texas at Austin spent their summer vacation working with administration at the University of Texas Libraries to make good on a campaign promise.
Student Body President Thor Lund and Student Body Vice President Wills Brown, with support from Student Government staff, have secured funding for 24-hour service at the Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) in a pilot period for the current 2012-13 academic calendar year.
The student government representatives were able to obtain commitments from the Office of the Provost and Student Services Budget Committee, augmented by a pledge from Libraries director Dr. Fred Heath in order to meet the financial requirements of extended hours at the university’s central library branch.
As a result of their efforts, the PCL will now open for 24-hour service in the week preceding the mid-term exam period and continue through the end of final exams during both the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters. 24-hour, 5-day weekly service will begin with the Libraries’ normal Sunday noon opening and end with the regular 11 p.m. Friday closure, with Saturday hours remaining at 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Student leaders continue to investigate funding sources to make the extended hours permanent after the pilot period ends.
“Our student government leaders spent their summer break ensuring that fellow members of the university community would have enhanced access to the PCL when they returned for the fall semester,” says Heath. “Thor Lund and Wills Brown, along with their colleagues in Student Government, should be commended for exemplifying the leadership qualities that The University of Texas at Austin hopes to foster and promote.”
The official announcement from Student Government: