Main Library of UOS will be open to the general public to check out books in near future; On top of this, discussions to promote the open access to reading rooms are expected to continue until April or May. If approved, this proposition will be put into action from around June, and UOS will receive an additional 70 million won to purchase more books from the Seoul City. When discontent voices arose among UOS students, the Student Council addressed this matter on Gwangjang by saying that they would do their best to prevent possible side effects and inconveniences.
Both the online and offline survey by the Student Council on 835 UOS students indicated that 79.2 percent of them opposed allowing the public to borrow library books when 15 percent of students approved it. In addition, 85.4 percent of students opposed giving access of open reading rooms, while only 1.8 percent of students supported this action. The reason students are against the open admittance to Main Library is the potential struggle between UOS students and the public over limited space, theft, and noise level.
Regardless of almost unanimous disapproval of students, UOS is under pressure to allow open admittance because firstly, many other public universities such as Seoul National University are opening up their libraries. Secondly, the number of student checkouts is insufficient compared to the high investment cost of the library. Many concerns remain regarding this issue; However, since open access is already decided, it would be best if the Student Council and the library staff could work together to minimize future troubles.