Following on approximately 157 years (rough estimate) of complaints by generations upon generations of Wesleyan students, you can now get to SciLi from Church Street without having to loop all the way around the stupid Exley lobby. (Edited correction: you can get to the 24-hour study room, not SciLi itself.) Instead, thanks to the year-long efforts of WSA big dogs Austin Dong ’15 and Zachary Malter ’13, you can just waltz through the SciLi Emergency Exit with Wescard access, where you’ll find yourself in a brand new “24/7 Quiet Study Lounge” that will remain in place throughout next semester. (Okay, the lounge isn’t actually new at all; it just has a new name and 24/7 accessibility.)
We posted the news on Facebook, where it quickly garnered 29 likes, as well as an official explanation from WSA President Zachary Malter ’13:
This was the product of a WSA initiative to get a 24 hour study space. We will do an official launch in January.
I asked Malter if the room will remain the same after finals week. “The room will remain in place for all of next semester and beyond,” he told Wesleying. “I am loathe to publicize it now during reading week since the space would have been open 24-hours anyway, but the WSA will be promoting it as a new 24-hour study space right when we get back in the spring.”
In other news, according to the library homepage, SciLi will be open 25 hours a day this Finals season on account of the rotation of the earth being slower in SciLi than the rest of campus:
This Christmas season I am thankful for WSA initiatives and 25-hour libraries.
Update: I spoke too soon. Librarian Pat Tully writes in to explain that you can’t actually get to SciLi from this new entrance. The door separating the glass-enclosed room from the rest of the library itself is no longer propped open, and it will sound an alarm if you open it:
Actually you can’t get into the Science Library itself through the Exley lobby, only into the SciLi 24-hour study lounge. The door into the rest of SciLi is locked and only openable in an emergency.
I don’t know what to say about the 25-hour Science Library … maybe it just seems like we’re open 25 hours a day …
Oh, well. Only so much progress at once.