Tuition hike pays for FSU's 24-hour library
For FSU students, there will be no more "But the library was closed" excuses to avoid end-of-semester studying. And they can thank their higher tuition bills for that.
The Strozier Library is about to become the first university library in Florida to stay open 24 hours, five days a week, according to Julia Zimmerman, director of University Libraries. The expanded hours -- from 10 a.m. on Sundays until 8 p.m. on Fridays -- take effect this weekend, just in time for final exams. The library also will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday.
“Students operate on a different clock than other people, and there aren’t too many safe and comfortable places that they can go at night to study,” Zimmerman said.
President T.K. Wetherell has decided to use part of the revenues from a 5 percent spring-semester tuition hike to pay for staff and other expenses associated with the extended library hours. The increase will generate an additional $1.4-million for FSU.
That's a big change from this semester, when FSU libraries saw their hours reduced. The library cutbacks were part of FSU's response to statewide budget cuts and to FSU alum Gov. Charlie Crist's veto of an earlier proposed 5 percent tuition hike. Crist had a change of heart soon after and OK'd the hike for the semester that begins in January.