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Library still study haven

By RobBriggs
On April 4, 2012


Holding the interests of students at heart, the librarians in the Browning library try to maintain updated materials and an optimum place for quiet study time.
Some students prefer the quiet study atmosphere of the library and find their corner or table to get homework done.
"I mainly am here to study to use the quiet area to study," said Landon Terry, an engineering major from St. George. "It's usually a good place to come to get in the mindset to study. You need a change of venue. If you do as much studying as engineering students do, you kind of got to switch it up. It's kind of a change of scenery so you can start fresh."
Other students use the library for checking out a DVD to watch, something fun to read, or to use the printers.
"[The library] has actual movies," said Armando Saldana, a sophomore engineering major from Weslaco, Texas. "Not newer stuff, but probably like two years ago; they have a lot. I've seen comedies like 'Grown-ups' from [the library]."
With exceptions to the reserved books, students can utilize library materials in and out of the library for three weeks at a time. The library staff sends out reminders prior to book due dates to make sure students don't have to pay the 25 cents a day late fee. As long as students return or renew their books they won't be penalized.
"The most important thing is for students to realize when they have [a book]," said Ellen Bonadurer, head of circulation, "they should probably just renew it or return it. We send out a reminder three days before things become due, letting students know that the items that they have are coming up. We try to make [the renewal feature] available in as many forms as we can."
Reserved shelf items are widely used by students therefore can only be checked out for hours at a time, and generally a student needs to be enrolled in a class requiring specific reserved shelf items. 
"It's kind of limited, but they have the solutions manuals so it helps." Saldana said. "[Librarians] have all the books there and everything, but I wish they had more solutions manuals, they only have the ones on reserve. So if someone else is using it, I have to do something else."

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