Library Assisted by ASGCC Funds

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el-vaquero-staff-writerSTEPHEN HOTCHKISS
El Vaquero Staff Writer<

After leaving the Glendale Public Library on a
Sunday afternoon, disgruntled
by what he believed to he
excessive noise, a Glendale
man turned to GCC to provide
him with a quiet place to study;
however, his search for a silent,
study-friendly environment was
further thwarted as he found out
the college library is closed on
Sunday.

The man, a community
resident, is not a student at GCC
but felt the college library should
be accessible for community
members on Sunday.

During
the fall and spring semesters, the
GCC library is open Monday
through Thursday from 8 a.m.
to 9 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m.
to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday is currently the only
day of the week that the library is closed; however, the request to open the library on Sunday is being considered by library and learning resources and the Associated Students of
Glendale Community College (ASGCC).

David Arakelyan, vice president
of finance, estimated that the
ASGCC spent approximately
$40,000 last semester to cover
budget shortfalls for the library
and that the cost of keeping the
library open on Saturdays and
after hours was $1,300.

Linda S. Winters, newly-appointed associate
dean of library and learning
resources, said that the library’s foremost obligation is to
support Glendale students.

According to Russell Beckett, library public services manager,
during the school week the library sees an average of 2,336 patrons with 195.5 visits per hour,
compared to Saturday’s average
of 238 patons with 59.5 visits per
hour.

The shortened schedule on
Saturday is reflective of the lack of
student demand for the library on
the weekend.

While the number of students
who use the library on Saturday,
compared to the number of students
who use the library on a weekday
is, “quite a few less,” according to
Winters, there does not seem to
be an extensive amount of GCC
students who would require the
library to open its doors seven
days a week.

The library provides registered
students with access to a number
of online resources and databases
that can be accessed from the
library’s Web site, www.glendale.edu/library.

Also, the library can be contacted by
telephone at (818) 240-1000, Ext. 5586 for circulation,
5577 for reference, and 5581 for
reservations.