With midterms quickly approaching, Shippensburg University’s Ezra Lehman Memorial Library is busier than ever. From students studying to hanging out, the library is busy almost all hours of the day — and in the future — it could be busy 24 hours a day.
Student Government Association (SGA) Senator Emilly Anderson, Dean of Libraries Michelle Foreman and Manager of Library Services Sara Pike are working on keeping the library open all hours.
“We are exploring possibilities for a 24-hour space on the lower level,” Anderson said. “But that will need a separate entrance, which means funding.”
SGA representatives have shared the idea with the Facilities Master Plan and are waiting to see if funding could be made available.
In addition, Activities Program Board (APB) and the library will host two escape rooms as part of APB’s spring programming.
One feature of the library that most students may not know about is the “One-Touch Studio” program on the ground floor.
Anderson explained how these amenities can help students improve their public speaking skills.
“If a student wanted to record or analyze how they give a presentation, they can use the One-Touch Studio by connecting a thumb-drive into the system, press record and there is a video camera that will record the student at the podium and the projected screen behind them,” Anderson said. “Once the student is complete, they will simply press stop and download.”
The student’s presentation is then available on the flash drive for review.
The library is always asking for input from the student body at its “Ask Us Anything Desk,” including anything from the height of the tables to new activities for the spring semester.
In the past, the library has hosted various classes and seminars including board game night, yoga, Adulting 101 and APA format information sessions.