We are proposing new EHSL building hours

Mellanye Lackey

Mellanye Lackey

Monday-Friday, 7AM-6PM
Closed Saturday
Sunday, Noon-6PM


  • Building use is lowest on Saturdays and after 6pm M-F (See statistics below).
  • The proposed new hours align with high campus activity times.
  • During the past summer, we closed regularly at 6pm on Fridays and all day Saturday with no expressed concerns.
  • Security is an issue with fewer users and staff on weekends and evenings; theft and vandalism has increased.
  • EHSL receives a lot of online use! It is open 24/7 at http://library.med.utah.edu, which gets hundreds of thousands of clicks annually.
  • Concentrating hours of operation provides maximum library expertise during peak usage.

Our questions for you are:

  • If EHSL hours aligned with regular business hours, how does this impact you?
  • Students have 24/7 access to HSEB. Where do faculty or staff go after the EHSL closes?
  • What is the value of access to the EHSL building during evenings and weekends?
  • Do you use the EHSL evenings and weekends? If so, for what purposes?

Please send feedback to:


Background and Data

Daily, we count the number of physical library users. The statistics below show the three-year* average number of users.

*Data from 2014-2016.

Averages are lowest in the summer, and highest in February, April and September.



*Data from 2014, 2015 and almost all of 2016.

Around 2pm, the EHSL is packed with groups, people studying, and computer users.

Usage declines after 6pm. At 9pm, there are 5 or less people in the building.

Saturdays are also low usage.

Sundays are slightly busier than Saturdays.

We also track how many questions people ask and when they ask them! For the purposes of this post, we are only concerned with questions via phone, IM chat, or people coming to the public desk. These graphs show the total questions for every day of the week, by hour for Jan-Oct 2016. Not averages, totals.

The number of total questions drops quickly after 6pm. The largest category of questions in both graphs by far is “Services”.

  • Directional are: “Where’s the book club meeting today?” “Where is the bathroom?”
  • Technology are: “Can you help me set up wifi on my iPad?” or “How do I use the printer?”
  • Reference are: “I can’t find the full text of this citation. Can you help?” “What do you have about Parkinson’s disease?”
  • Services captures remaining questions.


What do you think? Tell us at http://library.med.utah.edu/lib/feedback/?WT.svl=navbarFeedbk