Students and book lovers rejoice! Northeast State’s Wayne G. Basler Library will open its doors on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning Jan. 19.
“This is a good thing for all our students particularly students who are working and returning to college,” said Chris Demas, dean of Basler Library. “We want students to know they have this opportunity to use the library to help with their schedules.”
Demas said he and library staff were thrilled to restore open Saturday hours to patrons for the first time since the Spring semester of 2017. The Tennessee Reconnect scholarship program has increased the number of adult students returning to college. The Library’s Saturday hours provide better access to these adult students with demanding work and personal schedules.
Demas said the Library’s Saturday operating hours would continue through the spring semester while classes are in session. The library will not be open on Saturdays during the 2019 Summer terms. Saturday hours will resume when Fall semester classes begin later this year. The College’s off-campus library locations will NOT be open on Saturdays at this time.
In addition to building access, Basler Library reference services will be available during operating hours to patrons via telephone or online chat with a librarian. The new hours also should benefit students attending Weekend College classes at the Blountville campus.
Basler Library features a collection of over 70,000 volumes. Students and the general public can request library materials through the interlibrary loan service by filling out the online form on the Library web page. The collection includes DVDs and graphic novels, anatomy and physiology models, and scores of reference materials.
The Library also maintains borrowing agreements with East Tennessee State University and the James H. Quillen College of Medicine. Patrons may request materials through the Library catalog or go to the other libraries in person. Requested materials can be sent to the College’s Elizabethton, Gray, Johnson City, and Kingsport campuses.
“Basler Library is available for use by all Northeast State students, faculty and staff,” said Demas. “The Library also welcomes our community members not affiliated with the college but who want to visit and use our services.”