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A long night devoted to combating procrastination

November 26, 2013 — 

On November 27 the U of M will again hold its Long Night Against Procrastination event in the Elizabeth Dafoe Library. It runs from 10 p.m. until 8 a.m. the following morning.

This  international all-night event that began in Germany is devoted to combating procrastination by providing a relaxed and quiet environment for students to write and study.

During the event there will be one-on-one consultations with reference librarians and writing tutors, and activities to help students wake-up and refresh when they need it the most. Students can pre-register for spots with writing tutors, but tutors will be available for drop-ins all night.

Food will be served throughout the evening, sponsored by UMSU, and  security will be provided at the library to walk students to their vehicles/transit, and at 6:30 a.m. in the library’s a Zumba class will be held.

A valid student ID card is required fro admittance.


Some history of library hours

As the Libraries Archives and Special Collections note:

In 1960, students staged a silent protest in the Elizabeth Dafoe Library. Students were upset that the library closed at 10:00 p.m. and asked that it stay open longer. Since their requests were not being seriously considered, the students decided to take a slightly more aggressive stance on the issue. When the bell rang to indicate the closing of the building, the students stayed in their seats and lit candles. 518 students signed a petition to keep the library open for that additional hour.

What are the library hours now? It’s a long list, and regularly changing, but Dafoe Library currently closes at 11 p.m. on week-nights.

1960 photo os students studying in a library

Studying or plotting?In 1960, students staged a silent protest in the Elizabeth Dafoe Library to keep it open longer.



One comment on “A long night devoted to combating procrastination

  1. Monika

    Some of us might also require “A Long [Day] Against Procrastination” but I congratulate and commend those students who were able to stay up all night working! Please feel free to stop by the GSA office if you need some coffee this morning 🙂

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