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Is the library the best place to study?

If you’ve been on campus in any capacity, you’ve been to the Sprague Library. It’s a small building on the outside, but once you wait for those slow automatic doors to open and step inside, you’re greeted with three floors of books, microfilm, and a whole collection of multimedia.

Typically, when you think of libraries, you think of midterms and long study sessions with piles of papers to sort through and long hours of monotony to get the best possible grade.

You would probably think that the library is the best place to study on campus. It’s quiet. It has air circulation, lots of comfortable spaces to sit and concentrate, lots of books and people who can help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

So, out of curiosity, I went to test this theory on a Friday afternoon, probably the least popular time to visit the library. I started on the second floor because I found the first floor too intimidating to start asking people why they preferred one place over another when it came to studying.

Veronica Enny, a philosophy student, sits at one of the middle desks in the library and studies on her laptop.
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The second floor was warm and relatively empty, but on my way I encountered Veronica Enny, a philosophy student, who was browsing her notes on her laptop when I approached her.

She usually sits in the hallway desks where there aren’t many people, but today, when there was no one around, she decided to go to the tables in the middle of the library. , facing Dickson Hall. Tables are normally full of people studying in groups and sharing snacks during study breaks.

“There are individual desks on the wall and you don’t have to watch people, but sometimes there are other people [here] and it can be stressful,” Enny said. “There’s no one in the library now.”

She was right, 4 p.m. on a Friday is not a popular time to be on campus. Most of the students have already rejoined their cars and the shuttles and gone home for a relaxing weekend.

I continued to wander around the library. It was quiet as ever. You could hear the click of the camera shutter as I wandered around the space, looking for people to chat with. The sun streamed in through the windows facing Cole Hall, painting everything in a soft buttery glow.

A student in the library, facing the windows of Cole Hall.

A student study in the library, facing the windows of Cole Hall.
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I went back down to the first floor and headed for the printing lab near the University College office.

This is where I found Patrick Quigley, a business administration student with a concentration in marketing, and he thinks the library is the best place to study.

Senior Business Administration Major Patrick Quigley works hard in the print lab

Patrick Quigley, a senior business administration major, works hard in the print lab.
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“I usually like to go to the library if I have to work or study,” Quigley said. “It’s really quiet and everyone’s pretty respectful and doing their own thing and doing their own thing. I think it’s probably the best place to study or do homework.

To get a better perspective, I spoke to Zach Abbruscato, a film student and one of the student librarians. Abbruscato started working at the library last spring and also prefers study space near the windows.

“[The best place to study is] the library of course, I’m not saying this as an advertisement for it, it’s just an easy place to study,” Abbruscato said. “It’s a really nice way to use space, but it’s a very versatile place to study. »

Samiha Miah, a junior biology student, agreed.

“[My favorite place to study is] absoutely [the library] and the library cafe, that’s where I usually go outside of my house,” Miah said.

Senior accounting majors (L to R) Marina and Ashley prepare for a midterm exam in the library.

Two accounting graduates prepare for a midterm exam at one of the tables in the library.
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As half term approaches, it is important to find the best place to study, and that may be the Sprague Library.