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Library Hours - Guiding Principles

  • Match college calendar - closed when college is officially closed
  • Reduce open hours during semester and holiday breaks
  • Hours at branch libraries the same when possible, varying only when use statistics and activity warrant
  • Exam and winter holiday hours will be TBD each semester/year
  • Fall Midterm break and Winter Carnival break - reduce hours at Davis Family and Armstrong.
  • Closed on Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving
  • Circulation Desks are staffed all hours Libraries are open
  • Other Library and/or ITS service point hours may differ from building hours

Regular Hours - Davis Family Library

Academic Year
Mon.-Thur., 7:30 AM – 1 AM
Fri., 7:30 AM – 5 PM
Sat., 9 AM – 5 PM
Sun., 9 AM – 1 AM


Mon.-Thur., 7:30 AM – midnight
Fri., 7:30 AM – 10 PM
Sat., 9 AM – 5 PM
Sun., 9 AM – midnight

Summer AND J-Term
Mon.-Thur., 7:30 AM – 12 MIDNIGHT
Fri., 7:30 AM – 5 PM
Sat., 9 AM – 5 PM
Sun., 9 AM – 12 AM

Exceptions - Davis Family Library

  • Open full hours the day before classes resume after a break during the semester
  • Weekend before classes resume: Fall and Spring: Sat 9-5, Sun. 9-8 ; Winter: Sat. Closed*, Sun 9-8 (*If classes start the first week of January and we have not been open the week prior, then Saturday will be 9-5) ; Summer: Sat 9-5, Sun. 9-5
  • Close at 5 pm on days that classes/exams end (7 pm if falls on a Friday)
  • Open 9-5 Monday-Friday during break periods
  • Sat & Sun - closed for break periods between semesters - EXCEPT, any graduation, Alumni weekend, when hours are 9 am - 5 pm. The EXCEPTION to this is after Language School graduation on Friday night, the library will be closed the following weekend.
  • Sat & Sun open 9 – 5 pm for break periods within semesters
  • Fall Orientation 8 AM - 8 PM NOTE: ACTUALLY OPEN THE DOORS AT 7:45 to allow for classes that may start at 8. NOTE (9/1/2022): Close at 5 on Labor Day, checking to make sure there are not classes after 5.
  • Closed for one day (TBD) for library in-service during both Fall and Spring breaks.
  • Closed Memorial Day
  • Thanksgiving: CLOSED W-S, re-open Sunday (regular hours)

Regular Hours - Armstrong Library

Academic Year and J-term
Mon.-Thur. 7:45 AM - Midnight
Fri. 7:45 AM – 5 PM
Sat. 10 AM – 5 PM
Sun. 10 AM – Midnight

Mon.-Thur., 7:45 AM – 10 PM
Fri., 7:45 AM – 5 PM
Sat. 10 AM – 5 PM
Sun. 1 PM – 10 PM

Exceptions - Armstrong Library

  • All Davis exceptions apply to Armstrong with the addition/changes indicated below:
  • Close at 5 pm on days that classes/exams end
  • Open 9 - 5 Monday-Friday during College break period
  • Saturday and Sunday closed during College break periods
  • Sundays - breaks within semesters before classes resume - 4 pm - 12 midnight

Exam Periods

UPDATED 6/2/22: Exam hours will be extended on Su-Th nights until 1 am for the last week of classes through the end of exams.

UPDATED 8/17/21: Exam hours will not differ from regular hours. The library will be open full hours until exams end.

UPDATED 11/9/18: The week prior to exams and exams, the library will stay open until 2 am Sun-Thursday, with regular hours Friday and Saturday. Armstrong hours will not change from the normal hours. Davis will continue to lock to the public at 9 pm.

  • Davis Family Library open 24/7; to be evaluated on a semester by semester basis pending budget, stats review and user feedback; and by consulting exam schedules/locations
  • General guidelines for 24/7 exam period - library is open 24 hours starting at 9 am on the Sunday before the last week of classes. The library will close at 11 pm the following Friday. The Saturday before exams will be regular hours (9 am - 11 pm). 24/7 will resume Sunday morning at 9 am and the library will close at 8 pm on the last day of exams.
  • Armstrong - extend hours until midnight the Friday of the exam period - ONLY if needed to accommodate exam schedule; extended hours will match the earliest or latest exam in Bi-Hall. If there are no exams scheduled, regular hours will be in effect. Close on Saturday when last exam in MBH ends.
  • Middlebury College Access card required for entry to Davis Family Library during exam period outside regular hours to prioritize facility use for primary users


  • July 4th: regular opening, close at 5 pm (both branches)
  • If it does not interfere with Fall Orientation, the library will close for Labor Day

Routine Processes

• Hours reviewed annually in July and on a as needed basis throughout the year by a representative group of Library staff (Circulation Services, Library Administration)
• Review activity, user feedback, usage stats and staffing resources to determine changes to hours; regularly evaluate for possible budget savings
• Provide advance notice and consult with constituent and user groups regarding library hours; consult with Event Management
• Notify the user community – all staff/faculty/student - to any change in the regular library hours – spring break, fall break, Thanksgiving, Exams, Winter Carnival, Holidays, break periods
• Hours signage posted on web, at service points and on entrance doors
• Notify Public Safety
• Notify Library Cafe
• Notify Events Scheduling

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