Beginning March 16, a current Washington University identification card will be required of each person entering the John M. Olin Library or the adjoining Whispers Cafe after 9 p.m., University Libraries announced.
Currently, card access to the library and the cafe begins at midnight.
Shirley K. Baker, vice chancellor for information technology and dean of University Libraries, said that this change makes Olin Library’s card access schedule consistent with all other buildings on campus.
“We believe this change will enhance student safety without greatly restricting the larger community’s access to Olin Library,” Baker said.
“Our students, faculty members and staff already carry their University ID cards for many other functions. We hope having to present their cards at the library after 9 p.m. will only be a minor inconvenience,” she said.