As one might imagine, the James A. Cannavino Library is a busy place this time of year; it is the last week of classes, and the moment you walk inside you are guaranteed to see a familiar face. Whether it is the freshman who has put off all their work and is now cramming, or the business senior working on their 60-page capping assignment, all three floors are packed with a diverse range of subjects.
One of the first things you see upon passing through the detectors on the main floor is the seemingly-never-ending line of students desperately trying to get a study room. Tonight I overheard one group even reserving a room for tomorrow. Passing right by the line for study rooms I hear students muttering how there is nowhere to sit: “I might as well do my work on the floor at this point,” I hear one student sigh – and that is exactly what I went looking for.
The only place one might find solitude is downstairs between the rows of bookshelves. There I find Tom, a senior business major, packets and diagrams strewn across the ground around him, sitting on one of the stools used to reach books on the top shelf. “Business capping will be the death of me,” he explains. I asked him what his strategy is to getting all his work done in such a short time. “I start with the smaller assignments first,” he said. “Right now I am working on a communication plan for the Washington Redskins as part of the Sports & Public Relations class. Once I get all this out of the way I can devote all my attention to capping.” I asked him if sitting on the floor was the best way to get all this work done, and he replied by saying, “It is the only way. If I stay at home I am not going to get any work done at all.”
If this account reveals anything, it is that the library is most definitely unsuitable in meeting the needs of the Marist campus. There is no reason students should be sitting on the floor to do their work, and year after year I encounter the same dilemma: the library is way overcrowded, and it is preferable to just stay home and do your work. Since not everyone is as comfortable with doing that as I am, I think our tuition money should go towards expanding the library to meet the needs of a growing Marist community.