To students, staff, employees and visitors, Belk Library and Information Commons stands as the beating heart of App State’s campus, both geographically and culturally. A prominent spire in the skyline, a place where roads meet, parking decks and bus stops are made, and the universities wealth of knowledge in both its shelves and its students at each table studying. Due to the nature of college student life, and the importance of the building, Belk Library stays open 24 hours a day from Monday-Thursday, with limited hours during the weekend, although their hours are subject to change. During midterms and finals, the heart of campus beats faster and more erratically, similar to its heavily caffeinated residents.
The Appalachian’s photo desk found it important to photograph the library during the midterms at the library. However, to truly capture the magic of a 24-hour space, it must be photographed during each of the 24 hours to be truthful, which the photo desk did Wednesday, March 8. Photographers chose from the 12 two-hour blocks throughout the day and night, and were tasked to stay on assignment their whole shift inside the library. They photographed what they saw, felt, or otherwise deemed important. Here is what they saw: