By Jerome D. Bailey Jr.



The William Alexander Library for Dillard University students, now closes at 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday, closed Saturday and is open on Sundays from 2 to 8 p.m. These times have received unpopular vibes from students around campus. In previous years, The library was open until 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturdays and opened on Sundays from 2 to 9 p.m. Those times deemed unpopular, leading students to be absolutely fed up with the new times.
After speaking with 20 students, every student disagreed with the new times. Many students believe they should have the right to study at their leisure with access to a student library open 24 hours a day. Other students argue that the early library closing times have lead to other schools in the New Orleans area surpassing Dillard in rankings, furthermore other schools with longer Library hours perform on a higher level.
Their argument may have some truth to it. According to 4International College and University Rankings, Surrounding New Orleans area schools Tulane and Xavier ranked 1st and 7th amongst Louisiana Colleges and Universities as to Dilllard’s ranking of 17th. The Howard Tilton Library at Tulane University closes at 3:45 a.m. Monday to Thursday, 9:45 p.m on Friday and Saturday and 3:45 a.m. on Sunday. Xavier University’s Library closes at 1a.m. Monday to Thursday, 7 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday. If Dillard University extends their Library closing time students at the university may be satisfied, and their as well as an improvement in their academic performance.
By J. Bailey.




  1. I’m a senior and I agree with the new hours. With enrollment still not being up to Pre-Katrina levels, the university has to cut cost in places were resources aren’t being used. Of those 20 people you talked to, maybe 10 of those people frequent the library on the weekends. As a solution I think the computer lab in DUECIF should be open on the weekends for students to utilize.

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