Due to the continuous construction at the Fondren Library Center, 24/7 study hours will be held in Hughes-Trigg during finals week.
From Nov. 30 to Dec. 16, Hughes-Trigg will stay open from midnight to 8 a.m. every night. The SMU website says “safe, quiet, and comfortable study spaces will be available on all three floors.”
Last year, Fondren was open 24 hours, five days a week throughout the semester and remained open 24 hours every night during finals. SMU students have various opinions on whether this new arrangement will affect their studies.
“I see it being kind of difficult to study in Hughes-Trigg because it doesn’t have the same atmosphere as a library,” Ophelie Herve, sophomore, said. “Hughes-Trigg is more community style and people might be tempted to talk to their friends.”
Along with concern of the noise-level, students noted the lack of computers, printers, and study rooms in Hughes-Trigg.
“I can’t see myself going to study at 3 a.m. in Hughes-Trigg,” McKenna Wilbur, senior, said. “It doesn’t have the same resources that Fondren offers.”
On the other hand, some students feel fine with the change. The benefits include being near food options like Campisi’s and Subway, although they will not be open 24/7. There is also a large area outside to study at on warmer nights.
“Fondren would be quieter, but I’m not against studying in Hughes Trigg,” Maury Saitow, junior, said.
Bradley Potts, a freshman, said he prefers the 24/7 study hours in Hughes Trigg because he goes there more often than Fondren.
“I think it’s pretty great,” Potts said.