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Evening study hours at Gilmore Music Library will expand to match Sterling Library hours, effective March 2

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February 11, 2020

The Irving S. Gilmore Music Library will extend its opening hours to match the longer hours already in effect at Sterling Memorial Library. Beginning Monday, March 2, students will be able to work in the space until midnight—three hours later than before—on Sunday through Thursday during the semester. The change is part of a larger effort to simplify library hours in response to feedback from students.

The service desk inside the music library will maintain its existing evening and weekend hours, closing at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Patrons needing in-person assistance outside of these service hours should go to the main services desk in Sterling’s Nave. 

Home to one of the largest music collections in the United States, Gilmore Library is enclosed within Sterling Library in a soaring space created in 1998 from what was originally an internal courtyard. 

Keeping the music library open later is part of a larger effort to simplify library hours. Effective March 2, Sterling Library and Bass Library will change their posted closing times to the nearest hour, rather than 15 minutes before the hour. For example, Bass will now close at 2 a.m. and Sterling at midnight Monday through Thursday. The Poorvu Center will also adopt the on-the-hour closing times, continuing to follow the Sterling Library schedule. In the same spirit, the Manuscripts and Archives department in Sterling Library will close at 5 p.m. on weekdays. The department will open at 9 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

See all library hours here.