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Expanded Hours at Widener Library for Academic Year 2015-2016

Flagship location to remain open until midnight, Monday through Thursday, and will welcome CS50 office hours.

Exterior view of Widener Library

Harvard Library continues to celebrate Widener Library’s centennial with a trial of expanded hours in the 2015-2016 academic year. Effective September 2, 2015, Widener will be open until midnight, Mondays through Thursdays. This is an expansion from the current level of service, which ends at 10 pm on those days. 

Also this fall, Widener Library will play host to office hours for the popular CS50 class. For 11 weeks beginning immediately after Labor Day, Loker Reading Room will be the location for CS50 office hours on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 9 pm to midnight. Collaborative discussions between the library and Professor David Malan, who teaches CS50, led to the opportunity for Widener not only to host CS50 for a short duration, but also to expand hours for users during the entire academic year.
The extended hours are a trial, and the library will be evaluating the use of Loker Reading Room by CS50 and the use of Widener services to determine how to proceed in the future. Already in place are plans to facilitate easier access to the West Stacks Reading Room as part of this expansion of service. It is expected that some portion of Loker Reading Room users will want a quiet study option after 9 pm during the period when CS50 office hours take place; in anticipation of this and as an increased convenience for all, library users will soon be able to enter the West Stacks Reading Room directly from the rotunda.

On Monday through Thursday nights in Widener, the stacks, circulation, and reference services in the Atkins Reference Room will remain open until midnight. All other reading rooms will remain open and staffed as they normally are during typical business hours.