Beginning in October, the UNLV University Libraries will launch Rebel Hours @ Lied Library, a pilot program to provide UNLV and NSHE students with more-secure access to Lied Library during late-night hours.
This experimental program has been designed to provide a safe and secure environment for UNLV and other NSHE students studying and working on class and research projects during the late evening hours on the busiest days of the fall semester – Sunday through Thursday evenings from 9 p.m. to Midnight.
“Students are our heaviest users from during these times,” said Maggie Farrell, Dean of Libraries, “Rebel Hours provides a more secure space for students who are studying and completing class work and projects on campus at night.”
Starting Sunday, October 6 and running through Thursday, December 12, Lied Library will only be accessible to students, staff, and faculty of UNLV and other NSHE institutions during Rebel Hours. UNLV students, staff, and faculty should be sure they have their RebelCard with them to enter the library in the evenings. Students, faculty and staff who do not currently have a valid RebelCard should visit the RebelCard office in the UNLV Student Union.
Guests without a valid UNLV or NSHE ID will not be permitted to enter, with the exception of minor children accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Each evening at 9 p.m., the Harmon Street entrance will be locked and library users will be asked to enter and exit the building through the main entrance. Those entering the building will be asked for their UNLV or NSHE identification cards in order to be allowed to enter.
Many academic libraries offer this kind of secure access as a way to provide a safer and more secure environment that enable student to focus on their school work during the core part of the school week, according to Pat Hawthorne, Associate Dean of Libraries. While the pilot project is an experiment, it is something that has been suggested and requested by students.
“As we considered this pilot program, we took the time to consult with CSUN student leaders who felt that this type of program would be great for students,” said Hawthorne. “We also selected the 9 p.m. start time so it would not prevent community members from attending any of our events or using Special Collections & Archives which is open until 7 p.m.”
Lied Library will continue to be open to both the UNLV and general community prior to 9 p.m. Sunday - Thursday and during regular business hours on Fridays and Saturdays during the fall semester. For the most up-to-date hours for Lied Library, visit https://www.library.unlv.edu/services/hours.
The pilot program will not affect services at any branch libraries or the UNLV Law Library.
During the pilot program, the University Libraries will gather input from library users in order to evaluate the program and determine it success.
For more information about Rebel Hours @ Lied Library, contact Pat Hawthorne at email@example.com or 702-895-4127.