As the night began to set in, people started coming in to the library. Some people came in asking about the action, others went straight to the computer rooms or to the elevators, not really understanding why the library was open so late, but happy about it nonetheless.
Soon, faculty, librarians and students gathered after rearranging the set up of the main room as the library staff just looked on from the loan desk.
A sign was put up and more people started gathering as the students began the action with a series of spoken word performances.
There was a Study-in conducted by students and faculty. Among the topics, there was a history of the Gaza-Palestine conflict, an insiders look at the ETS manipulation of the school system through SATs and AP testing (among other ways), a talk on the situation of AB 540 students and the Dream Act, and an AFCSME update on the situation of the workers at UC Irvine, whose company’s contract is about to expire at the end of the current school year.
As the night kept getting wetter outside, the library staff started to be replaced by police with bullet-proof vests underneath their uniforms, carrying guns and batons. The police then proceeded to videotape the gathering of students from the loan desk. When a student asked them why they were videotaping the gathering, they said it was, “to prevent vandalism.”
At 11:00 p.m. the students had concluded UC Irvine’s first General Assembly and the police indicated to the staff that it was time to tell everybody to move out.
The students remained inside until after the lights were turned off from the main lobby and after several unsuccessful attempts by the librarians to move the crowd outside, finally the students decided as a group to move out.
The library then proceeded to be occupied by the police themselves. The students staged a party outside the library as the rain poured down on them. The occupation was successful; the students managed to cage the police inside the building for a while.