Vending Improves at the Health Sciences Library

After many comments and survey results from fall 2009, HSL recently upgraded options in the facility for food and drink in the library. A new snack machine and a small microwave have been installed on the first floor and our Pepsi machine has been relocated to the same space, room 1000F of the Information Commons. The additional vending and microwave should please the many students studying late and on weekends.

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HSL allows food and drink within reason. We ask users to take care and cover their cups with lids, bottles with caps and to always keep beverages and food safely away from computers and other technology. Library staff appreciate users cleaning up after themselves as do our custodial staff – – help keep your library clean! Mustard and Cheetos stains on the pages of books and journals are not appreciated by any researcher, so please wash up first and always use clean hands when handling the print collections.
Comments and questions can be directed to Douglas Stehle, Head of Access Services, 303-724-2139 or to
Suggestions are always welcome at the customer service desk and staff can provide customers with comment cards anytime.

Library to Continue Pilot of Hours Extension in Fall 2010

The Health Sciences Library will continue a pilot of extended hours in the Fall Semester 2010.   Starting August 16th the Library will remain open until midnight Sundays through Thursdays through December 16th.

Over the years, the Health Sciences Library has received numerous requests from students for longer hours of operation.  In November 2009, the Library extended hours of operation to 1 am Sundays through Thursdays in a trial to determine whether the extension was sustainable.  After an assessment in April 2010 of usage during the trial, and with the advice of student representatives serving on the AMC’s Academic Support Advisory Committee, the Library’s leadership decided to extend the trial into Fall Semester 2010 but to cut back by one hour and close at midnight.

During the trial, Library staff conducted an hourly census of users in the building, beginning at 11 pm through to closing at 1 am.   The following table details those findings:

Hour Block

Average # Customers, Fall ‘09 Average # Customers, Spring ‘10
11 pm – 12 m 18 13
12 m – 1 am 9 6

During Fall Semester’s examination period, the average number increased by one for both hour blocks.  Library staff are interested in obtaining additional feedback from our student users about extended hours, and will be conducting “mini-surveys” this Fall to add to the census data.

For more information about the extended hours pilot, please contact Douglas Stehle, Head of Access [, 303-724-2139] or Jerry Perry, Director [, 303-724-2133].

For current library hours and the most up to date information, see our website at