Date:   August 17, 2012

To:     All UF Graduate Students

Cc:     All UF Graduate Staff and Coordinators

From:   Barbara Hood
        Director of Communications
        UF George A. Smathers Libraries

RE:     UF Library West Overnight Hours Renewed

The University of Florida Student Government and the George A. Smathers Libraries have renewed their 24-hour, 5-day-a-week partnership for the fall and spring semesters of the 2012-13 school year and for school years into the future.

Library West was open for 24 hours 5 days a week during fall and spring semesters in the 2011-12 school year as a pilot program, which will now continue for multiple years.

Student Government recognized the essential nature of the program and Allocations Chairwoman Katie Waldman, who first instituted the program, ensured its renewal.

Waldman, along with Student Body Treasurer Juan Rodriguez, confirms there are sufficient funds in the upcoming 2012-13 Student Government Budget to continue the partnership. 

Student Government will pay $100,000 to cover the operating expenses of keeping Library West open 24 hours a day for 5 days a week for the upcoming school year and will continue the partnership in future years.

The Libraries are also enthusiastic to continue the partnership. Positive feedback was received in surveys indicating that the ability to study in Library West into the early morning was beneficial for students. The complete hours schedule is listed at 

For more information contact: Sean Quinn, Action SG Chairperson, 321-578-7003, [log in to unmask]