BURNABY, B.C., (Feb. 15, 2016) — The Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS) recently conducted a survey, targeting undergraduate students enrolled at the Surrey campus to further inquire about the ongoing complaints surrounding the hours of operation of the Fraser Library. Stemming from the result, the Society sent an open letter to Joanne Curry, SFU’s Vice-President External Relations (copied to Dean of Libraries, Gwen Bird and Associate Vice President Students, Tim Rahilly) requesting to open the library on Sundays from 10:00am to 5:00pm for a pilot basis beginning in Fall 2016. 

Of the 740 survey responses collected between January 18th-29th,  86% of students indicated they complete course related work on Sundays and 81% of students indicated they would use the Fraser Library if it were open on Sundays. The survey, also indicated that afternoons are the most frequently used time. Currently, SFU has an average of 3,300 undergraduates enrolled at the Surrey Campus in both the Fall and Spring semesters. SFSS has received complaints regarding the Sunday hours, noting the lack of access to materials and library services on Sundays as well as the limited access to study space on the Surrey campus. Opening library services on Sundays beginning in Fall 2016 would allow for SFU students to access all three of SFU’s libraries on Sundays.

The open letter can be found here.

For more information contact:
Brady Yano, VP University Relations
604-345-6826 • vpuniversity@sfss.ca

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