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Silent Library

To the students of UCO, finals week is officially upon us! Since you’re reading this, I am just going to assume that means you aren’t studying (surprise, surprise). Why is it that when finals week comes around, and we should be studying, it’s always the last thing we want to do? Maybe it’s because our brains are already on winter break or maybe it’s because we’re just mentally and physically exhausted. It also seems that no matter where you go to try and escape you get distracted, whether it’s by friends or by social media, you just can’t seem to focus. But fear not my friends, because we have some great ideas for places to study right here on Central’s campus!

Let’s start out with a college go-to, the coffee shop. You may think that coffee shops would be too loud or distracting, but the Starbucks in the Nigh is actually incredibly peaceful! Just grab yourself a drink, pop in some headphones and join the rest of the caffeinated, sleep-deprived students. If you like lattes, we would highly recommend picking up a Caramel Brulée Latte, maybe add an extra shot if you’re feeling particularly unmotivated.  This is also a great place to work on group projects (we’re looking at you communications majors). The long tables and mellow environment make it the perfect place to collaborate.

Another great classic study spot is the Max Chambers Library. We spoke with Michele Ramsdell, assistant director of library development, about the best places to study in the library.

“There are many places in the library for quiet study.  The best place is on the south side of the fourth floor.  This area is marked as a ‘silent zone,’ which means no cell phone usage, and no talking,” Ramsdell said.

Ramsdell also mentioned that there are quiet zones on the second, third and other areas of the fourth floor, as well as study rooms on the second and third floors, which are great for quiet group study sessions. You can reserve a study room on the library’s website, by phone at 405-974-5159 or in person on the third floor.

The library has a lot of places where students can go to study alone and stay focused. The library also has the Market, which is a perfect place to grab a snack or some coffee in between study sessions. However, the best part of studying in the library is definitely the dogs! Central’s Center for Counseling and Well-Being hosts Stress Paws events, where students can pet therapy dogs to help de-stress.

Last, but certainly not least, UCO has a hidden study spot that not many students frequent. The Howell Hall Atrium has a large study room full of tables and chairs that are perfect for studying on your own or collaborating with a group. We do have to warn you though, it can get pretty wild (wild animals that is). This room is full of taxidermied animals and various creatures, to keep things interesting. If you are looking for a change of scenery while you study, this is definitely the perfect place to switch it up.

Finals are hard, but don’t stress out too much! Grab yourself a coffee, pet some loveable fur babies and go ace those finals Bronchos!

Cosmetic Surgery for the Max Chambers Library

By Christine Edwards, librarian, Max Chambers Library

This summer the UCO library is undergoing a bit of a face lift. Among the top of these procedures is a re-flooring of the main staircase. Tiles have been torn up and the steps lay bare awaiting their new coverings. Complementing the update of the stairs, a fresh paint job is being applied to all those dusty white (or formerly white) pillars that crisscross the atrium. The expansively high ceilings have required the use of some heavy equipment which has the librarians and students listening to a lovely chorus of “beep, beep, beep” as they maneuver around the first floor. This also required the unfortunate closing off of the east entrance. Want that Starbucks coffee from the Outtakes Café? Need a study snack? You’ll have to walk all the way around the outside for the time being.

If you’re tired of walking, then you might choose to take the elevator instead of the stairs when you come back to study. Look down during your ride and you’ll notice the shiny new floor. No more suspicious-smelling carpet in these lifts! It has been replaced by an easy-to-clean alternative and we are oh so happy about it.

So, while the construction might be inconvenient for the moment, the end result will be well worth the pain of the process and a cosmetically enhanced library will be able to welcome you back in the fall.

— Photo provided by Jeff Musslewhite, library technician III, Max Chambers Library