As you all (hopefully) know, library hours are extended during reading period and through final exams to better serve your studying needs. While these extensions go off seamlessly in the Rock and SciLi, old veteran libraries, the recently renovated John Hay Library is (understandably) still working out the kinks. Tonight at 10:30, the Hay’s giant Reading Room plunged into darkness. The twenty-five students dispersed across the room sat in full-on dark silence until about 10:42 p.m.
Apparently, the Hay has an auto-timer for the lights to switch off at 10:30 p.m., a reasonable time given its normal 10:00 p.m. closing time. Unfortunately, no one remembered to adjust the timer for the reading period closing time of 3:00 a.m., thus causing an awkward wait-for-DPS-to-save-the-day twelve minutes for the library’s silent patrons.
While I found out the above explanation by exiting the room and asking the security guard what was going on (great reporter over here), literally no one else reacted to the blackout. Honestly, it could have been a proper squirrel-situation blackout. But no one had time to worry about that: the lights all shut off, there was a minute of low whispers of confusion, and then nothing. People just went back to work, guided by the light of their laptops.
I’m kind of concerned by the student body’s clearly desperate state. Apparently, during reading period, nothing can deter us from working, not even for a minute, not even the absence of light. It’s objectively hilarious to sit in dark silence with strangers for twelve minutes, just typing. To be honest, I might not have gotten up either, but I was highlighting a printed document at the time–I know, so vintage–so I actually needed the lights.