Our previous article is a complete guide to navigating the library during finals (pay special attention to the first two) but with the recent renovation, I have a few more tips to add.
But before we do that, I would like to give a shout out to the people who convinced the library to stay open 24 hours – you are my heroes.
If you study best at night, take advantage of the new hours. It is worlds pleasanter to have a comfortable amount of people always in the library than desperately trying to find floor space by 2pm. So far, people have been courteous about taking their stuff home with them. But, after an hour of neglected belongings, that space is fair game.
Use the new setup of ‘half walls’ between tables on the 3rd and 4th floor to motivate you to keep going! If other people are hard at work, you can be too.
That said, make sure you do your part to keep the positive study energy. In a recent apartment situation my roommate said something that should extend to finals, “I am calm right now, but if I see you panic I will be decidedly less calm.” Her polite way of saying panic spreads… fast. Take a coffee break if you feel a meltdown coming on.
Most people come to the library to get away from distractions but if you need a secluded hideaway the carrels along the wall on floors 3 and 4 are the best the library offers for no interruptions.
If you are going to be on a computer all day, your good deed of the month can be utilizing all the extra computers put in place. It frees up table space for people you can barely see behind their necessary pile of books.
If you are taking a day to catch up on a couple books, utilize the couch space on the right hand side as you walk into floors 3 and 4.
Keep the dirty looks to a minimum. There is no absolutely silent way to get set up on the 3rd or 4th floor, so be nice: it will be perfectly silent soon and this person probably hasn’t affected your grade.
On the other hand, if you can hear someone’s techno a mile away or someone is not aware that now everyone knows what’s going on in his/her life, say something quick and to the point. Angry glares can often have the opposite effect.
Finally, I love having my personal space but during finals different rules apply. Even with the increased space, try to keep your ‘nest’ to a space appropriate for one person. Someone will sit down next to you whether you have spread over 3 chairs or not.
The renovations and hour adjustments have made the library more accessible to students’ various study habits. Take advantage by using it to how you work best while keeping these simple tips in mind.