by Britnee Fear
This semester, Link Library began offering coffee in the library for students to enjoy while studying. This idea had been considered numerous times, but Sarah Jurchen, the interlibrary loan and periodicals coordinator, took the first steps to making that idea into a reality.
“It had come up in discussion, and when we decided to try it, I took the lead role and we looked for a way of doing it that would be sustainable for the moment,” Jurchen said.
During the trial period, they made a tally of how many pots they made each day and how many cups they were bringing back to wash. During the trial, they recorded having between 25-30 mugs per day. However, now that it has become a regular feature, the mug count has doubled.
“The first few days that it was here, students got really excited and they appreciated it being here, especially if they were going to be here for a long time,” senior Emmi Moll, a circulation assistant, said”
“When I first saw it, I was excited that I wouldn’t have to walk all the way to 10:31 to get some coffee,” junior Emma Gremmer said.
“It really helps me to stay awake while I’m doing homework,” junior Cameron Moes said.
Jurchen and Moll do not believe that the coffee they provide in the library will take business away from 10:31.
“It’s not really the same thing. It’s more of a courtesy coffee instead of a specialty drink,” Jurchen said.
Through the coffee, the library hopes to encourage an atmosphere of productivity. The coffee is set out when the library opens and is taken away around 10 or 11 p.m.
The library asks that you donate 25 cents towards each cup you take to help contribute to the future coffee funds and the creation of a comfortable atmosphere.