Reduced library size impacts students’ studies

Mackenna Briggs

Many students rely on the library for learning and studying but this central location can hurt studying as much as it can help.

“The classes can have an actual class in there, and there are no interruptions at all,” librarian JoAnn Olsson said.

In the mornings before school, during lunch time, and after school this quiet atmosphere changes to one of the noisiest places in the school, distracting students from their studies.

“Its harder to focus,” sophomore Conner Small said. “There are more students inside taking up the computers and are obviously there to socialize instead of study.”

There are after school activities that take place in the cafeteria that create a problem for Olsson in locking up the library. Although no students steal books, there is a security problem.

The miniaturization of the library has created less space to work and made fewer computers available. This makes it very difficult for large amounts of students to work at the same time.

“I think it feels cozier, and the books are easier to find, but the computers are always crowded,” senior Maddy Tiscareno said.

With the library most likely being in a portable next year, it will become even harder for students to work in.