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Stressed About Finals? UST Libraries Can Help!

It’s the most stressful time of the year!
Keyboards are clicking and printers are printing and tables are full… 
Of students waiting to be done.
Oh, it’s the most stressful time of the year… 

As we see stressed out faces around campus, we just wanted to remind everyone that UST Libraries are here to help out!  We have prepared a variety of resources for the next week to help you get through.  Here’s a list of the highlights:


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As the Newsroom reported, we will be opening early and/or closing late many days in the next week.   Here’s a quick rundown of the extended hours (in bold):

Friday, 12/12: 7:00am – 10pm
Saturday 12/13:  10am  – 10pm
Tuesday-Thursday, 12/16-12/18: 6am – 2:30am
Friday, 12/19: 6am – 6pm

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Therapy Pets

Yes, folks – the therapy pets are back!  Stop by 6-8pm on Study Monday, 12/15, to get some furry cuddles in with dogs, rabbits, and a Guinea pig!


Look for updates about regular study break treats, hosted by the USG and Wellness center.


Coffee Bene has also graciously agreed to be open on Saturday (!), 12/13, from 10:30am-4pm

Stress-Free Zone

Do you need to just get away from it all for a moment or two?  Stop by our “Stress Free Zone” in room 102 each afternoon 12/15-19 for some coloring, puzzles, card games, and more.  Remember, it’s been proven that regular study breaks can help with concentration!

Ear Plugs and Lockers

Need some help focusing?  Grab some earplugs in the OSF Rotunda and/or drop off your valuables in a locker at the circulation desk.  Noise and worry about theft will be gone, leaving more time to focus on your work!

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We are ALWAYS here to help you – whether to find out how to cite that pesky article or figure out a quiet place to study, we are here for you!  Let us know if there’s anything else we can do to help out, and best of luck on Finals!

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Therapy Pets Return for Study Monday

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The ever-popular Therapy Pets (dogs, bunnies, and new this time – a Guinea pig!) will be in the OSF Library rotunda

6-8pm on Monday, December 16th.

Is a little snuggle from a friendly dog just what you need to rejuvenate your studying?

Would watching a few hops from a fluffy (and amazingly talented) bunny give you enough of a boost of energy to power you through finishing that page of APA citations?

You’re in luck!  Everyone is welcome to take a few moments’ break from the stress of finals, receive some fluffy encouragement, and spend time with other animal lovers before heading back to work.

As always, remember that library staff are available to assist you find any information you need to complete your work.  Please don’t hesitate to ask!

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Stress Free Zone @ UST Libraries

Is studying for finals getting you down?  Stress Free Zone

From Monday-Friday of this week, stop by the library’s Stress Free Zone, located in the Leather Room (#108), to enjoy a break from your studies. Puzzles, games, coloring, and other stress-reducing activities will be available, along with healthy study and finals stress management tips.

The ever-popular Therapy Pets, both dogs and bunnies, will also be returning to the OSF library rotunda from 6-8pm on Study Monday, 12/16.  Check this blog and the UST Libraries Facebook page for more information.

Remember: studies show that taking regular breaks can help concentration and increase productivity, especially if you let yourself relax during the break.

Amidst all of the stress, we hope you get a chance to relax this week, and as always, let any library staff know if there is something we can do to help you finish your work!