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In Response to Evolving Needs, Library Expands its 24-Hour Space

by Kimberley Barker on 2020-12-21T17:02:46-05:00 | 0 Comments

(The MILL, photographed in 2017)

In its continuing efforts to support
the mission of UVA Health, the Library will expand its 24-hour space access beginning on Monday, December 21, 2020  and continuing as long as the need exists.

While the availability of a COVID-19 vaccine is an incredibly welcome development, the logistics of administering it at UVA Health mean that some employees and students have temporarily lost access to available spaces. In response, the Library has temporarily expanded its 24-hour space to provide them with additional work, study, eating, and meeting location options; whereas the 24-hour space had been limited to the space to the right of the lobby, the entire Library (with the exception of the Cabell Room) is now accessible 24-hours per day for those with UVA Health access badges. This includes:


  • the main lobby; badge access has been enabled on the doors of the Library’s main entrance, providing an additional way to enter and exit
  • the MILL, Carter classroom, Tolleson classroom, and room 1212; these spaces have been prioritized for the General Medical Education program
  • the 13 study rooms located in the MILL; now reservable 24 hours/day, their use is prioritized for the School of Medicine
  • the large quiet study area located over JPA and the six small study rooms within that space

Please note that, while access to the space has been expanded, the hours of staffed service have not, remaining
8:00 A.M.- 5:00 P.M., Monday- Friday due to budget mitigation.

In order to help ensure the safety of its patrons at night and on weekends, the Library has reached out to UVA’s Director of Security, Tony Frazier, to request that Security staff members regularly walk through the expanded 24-hours space. The Library asks that patrons please make sure to display their UVA Health badge, as well as continue to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing.

If you have questions or feedback about the expansion of 24-hour access specifically, or about Library space in general, please contact Dan Wilson, Associate Director for Collections & Library Services: DanWilson@virginia.edu.

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