Last year, Ellis was open 24 hours for five days per week. This semester, during finals week and the week before, Ellis Library will be open 24 hours a day. Regularly, on Monday through Thursday, the library will close at midnight, and on Saturday and Sunday, the library will close at 7 p.m.
Changes at campus libraries are a result of a failed library fee proposal, as well as a 5 percent cut in MU’s general operating funds. The proposal would have implemented a fee per credit hour that would have begun at $5 per credit hour and slowly increased to $15 per credit hour by 2022. Last year, 54 percent of MU students who voted on the fee voted against the proposal.
Multiple fundraisers have taken place to make up for the loss in revenue. Matt Gaunt, director of advancement for MU Libraries, explained that a comprehensive campaign for the campus has raised over $6 million for MU Libraries so far. The libraries have received help from individual donors as well.
Along with shorter hours, academic journals are another resource being reduced at the libraries.
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