Guidelines for setting library hours

Library Hours - Guiding Principles

  • Match college calendar - closed when college is officially closed; reduce hours on official holidays
  • 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 LIS 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 – 11 PM
Sat., 9 AM – 11 PM
Sun., 9 AM – 1 AM
Mon.-Thur., 7:30 AM – 12 MIDNIGHT
Fri., 7:30 AM – 11 PM
Sat., 9 AM – 11 PM
Sun., 9 AM – 12 AM

Exceptions - Davis Family Library

  • Open full hours the day before classes resume, except the beginning of the summer session
  • Weekend before Fall classes resume: Sat 9-5 and Sun 9-8
  • Close at 8 pm on days that classes/exams end
  • Open 9-5 Monday-Friday during break periods
  • Sat & Sun - closed for break periods between semesters - EXCEPT, any graduation, Alumni weekend,
  • Sat & Sun open 9 – 5 pm for break periods within semesters
  • Fall Orientation 8 AM - 8 PM

Regular Hours - Armstrong Library

Academic Year
Mon.-Thur. 7:45 AM - Midnight
Fri. 7:45 AM – 6 PM
Sat. 10 AM – 6 PM
Sun. 1 PM – Midnight

Mon.-Thur., 7:45 AM – 10 PM
Fri., 7:45 AM – 6 PM
Sat. 10 AM – 6 PM
Sun. 1 PM – 10 PM

Exceptions - Armstrong Library

  • 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

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Middlebury College Access card required for entry to Davis Family Library during exam period outside regular hours to prioritize facility use for primary users


  • 9 am - 5 pm July 4th (unless we get permission to close)

Routine Processes

• Hours reviewed annually in July and on a as needed basis throughout the year by a representative group of LIS staff (User Services, Circulation Services, LIS Administration, and LIS Facility Coordinator)
• 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

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