University of Tasmania students are making the most of the University’s latest innovations. Students now have 24/7 access to Hobart and Launceston University of Tasmania libraries. In addition, the Morris Miller Library has recently opened a new dedicated silent study space for PhD and Masters by Research Students on level 5.

The postgraduate study space includes roomy desks, a lounge and kitchenette and is open during staffed Library hours. However, swipe card access to the study space can be arranged by enquiring at the Client Services Desk in the Morris Miller Library, Sandy Bay campus.

It would appear University “early birds” and “night owls” are making the most of the 24/7 swipe access available in Hobart and Launceston University of Tasmania libraries.

The Morris Miller and Launceston Campus libraries have experienced record numbers of students using the facilities during unstaffed hours from January to June this year.

One reason for increased use in Morris Miller Library is the opening of the north wing, with over 100 extra seats. This was part of the Science Library consolidation project at Morris Miller.

In Launceston, simplifying the process for obtaining a swipe card has made it easier to access the library 24/7.

First-year Arts student David Kuel (pictured) knows all too well what benefits 24/7 library access offers.

“It is very, very useful and very helpful. It helps take away the stress of where to study,” he said.

“It’s like a community of learning. It also limits the distractions that you can have at home, like watching television.”

The secure and safe environment, with access to Internet, printers and scanners, also offers study rooms and private seating options at both locations.

The security and safety of clients are ensured with monitored security cameras, swipe card access and visits by security staff.

“Having that type of flexibility in your study options, be it in the middle of the night, or early morning is invaluable,” David said.

In response to demand from students in Launceston for more quiet study spaces available 24/7, the Launceston Library has just opened the Reserve Room during unstaffed hours.

To find out more about the librar, please visit http://www.utas.edu.au/library