The laptop desk and Team55 help closes at 7 p.m. this year, as opposed to last year when it was open the same times as the library.
Kay Reeves, executive director of Information Technology, said the time changes where not by choice.
“It was nothing but a budget cut,” Reeves said. “We had to cut back significantly on our spending.”
With the budget cuts, students have lost direct access to supplies that allow them to complete assignments.
Many students use the library computers to print, or they’ll check out a charger from the Team 55 desk to finish a project on their own device.
Hannah Knight, sophomore psychology major from Midlothian, works at the learning desk studio and said she is upset by the change of hours.
“The library doesn’t close until midnight, so people can lose five hours of homework time if they don’t have their own laptop or if they didn’t bring their charger with them,” said Knight.
Michael Kellar, senior biology major from Abilene, said the process of printing off assignments has become increasingly difficult.
“Students often email themselves a homework assignment to print on a library computer, but when the computers are all taken on the second floor, that’s impossible to accomplish,” said Kellar.
Kellar said students can usually adjust their schedules to go to the library throughout the day, but finals week will create a new level of concern.
Both Knight and Kellar agree that ACU students need Team55 to remain open as long as the library is in order to help everyone finish homework.