Libraries Help Stressed Students during Finals

In the fall semester of 2012, I asked some academic libraries what they were doing for stressed students during finals (#libsduringfinals). Here are some of the things I found:

  • UCLA Library had four libraries participate in finals activities like a stress-busters program, therapy dogs, origami, yoga, chair massage, Xbox gaming, and meditation.
  • UNC University Libraries had therapy dogs, free coffee, meditation, snacks, free tea, and crafting. Read more here.
  • University of Central Florida Libraries had an event called Kram for the Exam, with late hours, free study supplies, snacks, and t-shirts. Extended hours were posted on their blog. The libraries set aside computers for student use, as well. The coffee shop was also open late.
  • Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library had coffee around the clock, plus midnight snacks. They called it Wake the Library. Nice branding!
  • Cornell University Library installed a lawn in the library. It started with a heavy tarp to protect the floor, and sod was placed on top of the tarp. Additionally, a basket of food in the lawn area was replenished for students. The students used the lawn as a study area. Read more at Library Journal.
  • The University of Texas Libraries had a therapy dog study break, plus a display in front of the library on available campus resources.
  • The University of Illinois Undergraduate Library had therapy dogs.
  • University at Buffalo Libraries brought in therapy dogs.
  • Appalachian State University’s Belk Library and Information Commons had a visit from Bailey the therapy dog.
  • Queens University of Charlotte’s Everett Library brought in therapy dogs. Watch a video here!
  • University of Iowa Libraries had a program called Pet a Dog and Study On.
  • Emory Libraries’ Robert W. Woodruff Library had visits from therapy dogs. Read about it here.
  • MIT Libraries had extended hours, therapy dogs, and more.
  • NCSU Libraries brought in free late night coffee and doughnuts.
  • UC Santa Barbara Library, as part of its efforts, had the Cookie Monster drop by.
  • Boise State University’s Albertsons Library was open 24 hours. BSU focused heavily on safety, with the CARE program.
  • Samford University Library kept a close watch over social media in order to respond to questions and comments from students. Also, the librarians sent out encouraging pictures of kittens to students.
  • Library of St. Ambrose University stayed open late.
  • LMU’s William H. Hannon Library
    has a fireplace, which made students happy.


Academic libraries are devoting resources to finals activities. Therapy dogs seem to be a popular initiative, but look at what UCLA, UNC, and UCF did for finals…it’s very impressive. Additionally, these libraries are blogging about the activities and using their finals periods as marketing opportunities.


What else did libraries do for students during finals? Leave a comment!

4 Responses to Libraries Help Stressed Students during Finals

  1. Swem Library at the College of William & Mary has Finals Fun Week each semester. During final exam period, we are open 24-7 and have activities/freebies each night such as coffee night, donut night and gift card raffles. This semester our local Ben & Jerry’s is will be handing out free ice cream cones at the library in the middle of the week, and we’ve partnered with a local pet therapy dogs organization to arrange visits from therapy dogs. We did this last semester and the students loved it! New this year is our outdoors acoustic & a cappella concert, in which students will be showcasing their musical talents. A full list of acivities can be found on our website at

  2. Melissa D'Agostino

    Towson University stays open 24 hours a day during finals, and provides free coffee and snacks from 2-7AM. We also create a “Relax Your Brain” table in our Learning Commons area stocked with magazines to read, pictures to color (which we then post on the wall), puzzles such as sudoku, and candy. One librarian releases rubber duckies reading books, which she has dubbed “study ducks”, all over the library and students are instructed to give them good homes if they are found!

  3. Major thankies for the article.Thanks Again. Much obliged.

  4. This is very interesting. It seems like it would help alot to destress for a minute with a fun distraction while studying for finals.