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Dec. 4, 2009

UI extends hours, services during finals week

The Iowa Memorial Union (IMU), University of Iowa Main Library and the UI Police's Nite Ride service are extending their hours of service to students during finals week.

The IMU will offer round-the-clock study hours from 7 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 through 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. The UI Main Library will also offer 24-hour study starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 and ending at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18.

The IMU will extend River Room hours as well, staying open until 11 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, Tuesday, Dec. 15, and Wednesday, Dec. 16. On Monday, Dec. 14, a "midnight breakfast" will be served from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. in River Room 1. The IMU will offer additional group and quiet study space in the building, and a game room will be open all night in IMU River Room 1.

The Campus Activities Board and the IMU are also offering massage chairs from 9 p.m. to midnight Thursday Dec. 10 and Dec. 13-15. Free coffee will be provided at the Main Library after 10 p.m. Dec. 13-15 and at the IMU from midnight to 6 a.m. Dec. 10-17.

In the main library, computers in the Instructional Technology Center on the second floor will be available all night; research assistance will be available at the first floor information desk until 9 p.m. The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences will have an unstaffed, after-hours study area. The Pomerantz Business Library will be open until midnight Dec. 13-17.

"The Library and the IMU have been working hard to provide students with adequate study space, given the issues caused by the flood," said Associate Vice President and Dean of Students David Grady. "Both facilities lost considerable student space and the IMU will re-purpose meeting and ballrooms to facilitate additional quiet and group study spaces during finals week."

UI Student Government (UISG) is funding part of the promotion of the extended hours. "With the end of the semester approaching, it is crucial to support our students and offer places to study at all hours," said Michael Currie, President UISG.

The UI Police Nite Ride service will provide extended hours of service as well. The free passenger van service for women will operate from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. every day from Dec. 13-17. The service normally operates until 3 a.m. seven days a week.

To arrange for a ride home, women may dial 319-384-1111. Callers are connected with the van driver, who can provide the van's current location and an estimated pickup time. For more information, including Nite Ride routes, visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One,
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: IMU Marketing, 319-335-3117; Kristi Bontrager, University of Iowa Libraries, 319-335-5960; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,