Overnight Information


Bender Library offers a 24-5 fall and spring semester schedule. While the building is on this schedule it will open at 9am on Sunday and close at 9pm on Friday. Overnight hours of operations run from 11pm to 7am the following morning. This schedule may be interrupted for holidays, breaks, and unscheduled closures for weather.

Between 11pm and 7am building use is reserved for AU students, staff, and faculty. For security reasons, all visitors will be asked to present their AU IDs upon entering the building. The overnight staff may also ask visitors already present in the building to provide their AU ID.

During the overnight hours the doors to the building will be locked. The building can be accessed by "touching" an AU ID to the small black box mounted on the accessibility pole outside the building. Overnight staff cannot remotely unlock the doors from the information desk.

Community members, AU alumni, parents, members of groups such as OLLI, and other non-affiliated visitors to campus are not permitted access during overnight hours. The overnight staff reserve the right to remove such patrons, or any others deemed disruptive to academic activities from the building.


Only the GRC desk and the Information Desk are staffed during Overnight Operations. All service desks close at 11pm Sunday through Thursday. Our staff can offer basic technological troubleshooting support, including help with internet connectivity, printers, and with non-specialized software.

Chat research assistance is available overnight during the semester if you need help finding resources for your paper.

Laptops, headphones, tablets, phone and computer chargers, and flash drives can be checked out from the Technology Services Desk overnight before 10:30pm. These items may have limited availability after 11pm from the Information Desk, becoming available to check out as they are returned. Borrowed Technology items can be returned at the Information Desk when the Technology Services Desk is closed.

Materials from the Reserves Collections can be pulled by our staff most nights, dependent on staffing levels and how busy the building is. Just ask at the Information Desk!

Between Midnight and 8am Collaborative Work Rooms are first come, first serve. Feel free to use one if you see it is empty.

Adaptive Technology rooms are available for overnight use for users authorized by ASAC. However, we do not make overnight reservations.

Materials from the collection can still be checked out using the Self-Check machine by the Borrowing Desk.

For other inquires about overnight services or policies call x3232 or contact Overnight Operations Coordinator Colleen Wanner at cwanner@american.edu.

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