Hurricane Hermine brought high winds and flooding rain to Tallahassee and the Florida State University campus last week and left many FSU students, faculty, and staff without power during the Labor Day weekend. FSU Libraries quickly sprang into action and reopened Strozier Library on Sunday, once power was restored, as a respite for the FSU community to cool down and find some peace in the wake of the storm.
“Our staff recognized that we could provide the ideal place for students to cool off, charge up and get a jump on their classwork,” said Julia Zimmerman, Dean of FSU Libraries. “Several thousand students used Strozier Library on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. It clearly met a need.”
Although the Libraries are traditionally closed on Labor Day, nearly 6,000 students visited Strozier Library during the holiday weekend. Many charged their mobile devices and used library computers to communicate with friends and family and let them know they were safe.
“We’re a family here at FSU and Strozier Library,” said Bridgett Birmingham, Head of Learning Commons at FSU Libraries. “We were happy to play a role in helping students get back on their feet during a tough time.”
FSU Libraries are now back to full operating hours. For more please visit www.lib.fsu.edu.