By Madison Salter / Staff Writer
Between quizzes, midterms and term papers, college survival seems impossible without squeezing in the occasional nap. LBCC has several unofficial resting places for students. The Library has become a napping ground for tired students.
The study desks found in the back of the Library provide a quiet area for students. Some students have fallen into such deep sleep that Library workers had to wake them up. Students also enjoy sleeping on the grass near the T Building. Students have been seen resting there for long periods of time.
Tyler Ann, 18, an undeclared major, said, “I used to sleep on campus. I would work late and wouldn’t have time to sleep. I would worry about my stuff getting stolen.”
Ann said she would probably sleep on campus again if she were tired enough. Chris Yanis, 18, a criminal law major, said, “It’s like fine if they have a four-hour break, but just sleep in your car.” Yanis said he thinks the reason students sleep on campus is because they either didn’t get enough sleep at night or they have a long day. Kim Barclay, interim Library department chair, said, “We feel empathy and understand, but we have to think of the overall well-being of students.”
Barclay also said the biggest concern is student safety.
She said if students are sleeping between aisles in the Library, they become a safety hazard. “If an evacuation occurs, students could be in danger.” Barclay and other Library staff catch an average of three to four students napping in the Library every day. If students have an issue with sleepers, the Library reference desk will ask students to wake up or leave. Barclay said, “We really rely on students to help us minimize distractions. The Library isn’t soundproof, we try to create a calm oasis for students.”