Silverfish, roaches and rats . . . oh my!


Patrons are urged to take care of books, such as the ones pictured (below) from the Hawaiian Collection.

How do you preserve a multimillion-dollar library for future generations?

In the case of WCC, you do everything you can to be respectful of the rules and appreciate the resources.

Head librarian Jan Sung urged, “To save it, we need to take care of it, and we need your (the patrons) help.”

Sung said in the last year the “door count” has more than tripled from less than 50,000 to 200,000. This heavy usage had led to some concerns about eating and drinking in the library.

Christy Lawes, the access services manager, explained, “It (the food) attracts pests like cockroaches, ants, rats, and mice who don’t just eat those items, they also eat paper. So once they’re in the library, they’ll start attacking the books.”

The reason the “no food” and “no open drinks” rules have been established is to prevent pests from damaging the library itself and the books.

Used books acquired by the library are refrigerated for three days, if it is suspected that there are bugs in the books.

JESSICA CRAWFORDDuring a recent informal poll, three out of 10 patrons said they had eaten food in the library before. People with open drinks in the library have been observed as well.

Instead, patrons are asked to find other places to eat, such as the Hub, outside in the library breezeway or on the benches.

The librarians also asked people to refrain from moving tables and chairs to different spots. They said when the furniture is moved, it makes an indentation and tears the carpet, plus they don’t want students to get hurt.

In other library news, students can now visit the Hawaiian Collection on the third floor during expanded hours.

The area is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The collection is filled with books that are rare and out of print.

General library hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. It is closed on weekends, and the hours vary during semester breaks. More information is on the WCC website and social media.

Lawes, added, “Students come from all over the island to visit. We are very blessed to have this library.”

by Madison Cole, Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter