Part of the William D. Walsh Family Library on the Rose Hill campus is now available to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students can now access what has been dubbed the “late night zone,” which consists of a reading room, computer lab and photocopy center on the east wing of the library’s first floor.
“Students have been asking for 24/7 service for several years,” said James P. McCabe, Ph.D., the University’s librarian. “Most nights, we get between 10 and 30 students. During midterms and finals we get a lot more.”
A library employee is available in the reading room until 2 a.m. and two security guards are on duty throughout the night. In the past, the late-night access to the library has been available only during midterm and final exams, McCabe said.
The Walsh Library, built in 1997, contains more than 1 million volumes and 380,000 government documents and is considered among the best university libraries in the country. In its 2004 edition of The Best 351 Colleges, the Princeton Review ranked the library fifth in the nation. It is named after William D. Walsh, a 1951 graduate of Fordham College at Rose Hill.