UCC students are staging sit-ins at the campus library as they continue to fight for extended opening hours onsite in the run up to exams.
Student protests have been prompted by “inadequate” library opening hours this year. With the library closing at 5.45pm the day before exams commenced students have staged sit-ins over the past two nights.
On Sunday they staged a one hour sit-in, protesting against the current opening hours in the lead up to Christmas exams.
After talks on Monday, the university refused to extend opening hours or give any guarantee of increased opening hours for next term, leading to a further sit-in that evening.
UCC Students’ Union (UCCSU) have described the current library opening hours as “unacceptable”, with the library closing at 5.45pm on weekends and 9.15pm on weekdays, during study and exam periods.
This is the first time that UCC students have been required to sit exams before Christmas.
The university has switched to a semester-based system which split exams into two periods, December and May, instead of holding all of the exams in May.
UCCSU claim that the library opening hours were not sufficiently adjusted to cope with the huge demand during this exam period.
UCCSU VP education, Joe Kennedy, said the Boole Library was a state-of-the-art, multimillion-euro facility and the protests show it’s lying idle when students want to use it.
UCCSU wants opening hours to be extended until 12am on the weekdays and 10pm on the weekends during the exams.
Library extends hours for exams
Library hours at University College Cork have been extended for the duration
of the exam period, following a campaign by students.
A number of people staged sit-ins over three nights at the Boole Library in protest at the refusal to open the facility for longer as the students prepared for their tests.
Last night UCC Students Union confirmed it had agreed a deal with library staff to extend the opening hours from 9.15pm to 10.45pm on weekdays during exams.
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