By Abigayle Williams
Other than seeing students asleep in hallways, hanging out at the fountains or grabbing a coffee at the Bernhard Biggby, you can also find them in the Waldo Library. The Waldo Library is a necessity not only in students’ learning experience but also as a means of succeeding. Students use the various services in the library (such as the internet, checking out books, the databases, copying, etc) as recreation and as a learning tool.
“We have over 400 databases with 59 computers just on the first floor” said Gregory Peet, the Evening Reference Coordinator at Waldo. The library also has other services for students to use. If you have an overdue book you won’t be able to check out another one; your book will be put on a hold until everything is taken care of by one of the University’s librarians.
Students can also go to a person at the front desk to check out their book.
When it comes to late fees for books, “the charge is twenty-five cents per day, up to a $10 account,” said Peet. However, if the book is recalled, meaning that another student wants the same book, then it costs more. It also costs more if the book is on reserve and the student goes past the time limit that the professor has set.
Some other services the library offers are copying and printing. Students and non-students can use the copier for 10 cents.
Another service that provides students a great deal is the free printing.. Students can print papers without digging into their pockets.
“As an undergraduate you get 500 sheets of free printing per semester,” said Peet “if you’re a graduate student you get 700 sheets of free printing per semester. Not bad at all.”
With paper and books aside, a student needs to know when the library opens.
During the fall semester, the library is open from 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 3 a.m. on Sunday.
Besides the books, computers and databases, there are other things in the library that draw students in.
“I like the comfy chairs” said Michelle Voss, a university student double majoring in anthropology and global and international studies. “It’s full of books too; I’m a nerd, so it’s right up my alley.”