First, why did the HUT close last night? Library staff were alerted only moments before that the power was going to be turned off in Gilman Hall so the HUT had to close from 10 p.m. last night to 8:30 a.m. this morning. We have been cautioned that this may happen again tonight so we’ve got signs posted in the HUT alerting our patrons to this, but we’re hoping the generator kicks in and we can keep the HUT open. UPDATE: We’ve just been informed that the power will be turned off again tonight (May 1) and so the HUT will be closed from 10 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. tomorrow. UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: Power won’t need to be turned off tonight and the HUT will be open!
Second, what happens to 24/7 access when the HUT has to close for the Gilman Hall renovation? The HUT will close at noon on Thursday, May 15, the last day of exams. For the next two academic years, MSEL will be open 24/7 on the same schedule during which the HUT was open (meaning we return to regular hours for holidays and breaks like Intersession and Spring Break). MSEL’s 24-hour access will begin on Monday, September 8 (the HUT always opened the first Monday after classes started), and for the month of September, only M-Level will be open 24/7. In October, we’ll expand that access to A-D Levels.