Coping with End of Semester Stress

As we approach the end of the semester, Dana recognizes that the library is especially full.

Here’s what we do to try to minimize frustrations:

*Group study space – available in the Main Conference Room behind the reference desk, and in the smaller rooms toward the back of the library. The Main Conference Room can be booked in advance, or the day you wish to use it. See library staff for assistance. The smaller group study rooms can be booked on the day you need them. Again, see library staff for assistance.

*Individual study space – If you cannot find a seat or a computer, please approach a library staff person at either service desk. We will do our best to find a seat for you.

*Computer classroom – available as quiet computer space when it is not being used for classes. We try especially hard to protect that space for individual student use during the 2 weeks of the exam period. If you need to use a computer in a quiet atmosphere, check out the computer lab.

*Ear plugs and ear phones – available at both the circulation and reference desks.

*Quiet zones – the periphery of the library, the back of the library and the study carrels. If you need an especially quiet place to study, try to seek out these areas.

*Assistance – do not hesitate to contact a library staff member with any concerns or complaints you may have.

Here’s what YOU can do:

*Minimize Noise – You’re sharing this space with your colleagues. Please be aware that everyone is stressed and needs quiet to study for exams and write final papers. If you need a break to chat with friends or take a phone call, please step out into the corridor in front of the library.

*Conserve Space – Dana has become a desirable place to study, and we need every chair we have. Please don’t take up more space than you need, or leave your belongings to “reserve” a table for the day.

*Eat Responsibly – We welcome food in the library. Be aware, though, that noisy snacks and smelly food is not welcomed by your neighbor.

*Listen Responsibly – Studying to music or listening to lectures on podcasts are great study techniques, especially for audio learners. However, ear phones and ear buds sometimes leak sound. Be aware that if you have your sound turned up especially high, you could be disturbing your neighbors.

Thank you for consideration during these stressful times.

And good luck with your work!