A Review of the Library

During my first year at Kalamazoo College, I avoided the library like the plague. I managed to convince myself that the comfort of my foam-padded, blanket-laden dorm room bed was a better, quieter spot for studying rather than Upjohn Library. In reality, the bed and laptop combination led to more accidental naps and distractions than I would like to admit. This year, however, I turned over a new leaf and began exploring the library (a much better alternative when you actually need to get something done).

The first floor is a perfect place to meet up with a study buddy over chai lattes and cookies from the Book Club, which offers everything from sandwiches to espresso. Buzzing with caffeinated activity, this floor is a lovely hybrid of socialization and academic collaboration. It features resources like the writing center, circulation desk, and media services. Bonus: the computers here tend to be much faster than the ones in Hicks if you’re looking for a quick print before class.

Bookshelves in the library

The highlight of the second floor is the Reading Room, starring study spaces sandwiched by fireplaces and cozy couches on either end. This is the go-to spot for quiet, individual study time and, if necessary, the occasional fireside snooze. If you plan on chatting or taking phone calls, you’re guaranteed to receive some frustrated glares; if that’s the case, the second floor has plenty of other tables among the bookshelves perfect for more talkative studying.

Looking out onto the brick road of Academy Street from the second floor reading room of the library

The third floor is home to a series of classrooms which double as study rooms available for students to rent out after classes end. This floor is home to my personal favorite study areas: little cubicle-like individual desks with windows overlooking the Reading Room. Like the rest of the library, this floor is equipped with four-person tables and outlets in the floor for computer charging convenience.

A desk with an open laptop, headphones, and a variety of notebooks open, facing a window and overlooking Academy Street

Bottom line: give the library a chance. It just might surprise you.

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Shelby Tuthill ‘17

About Shelby Tuthill ‘17

Shelby is a sophomore at Kalamazoo from Grand Rapids, MI. She is involved in Model UN, K Crew and cross country on campus in addition to drawing the occasional cartoon for the school newspaper, The Index. She hopes to major in psychology but still loves reading, painting and writing. She has enjoyed being a research assistant for psychology professor Dr.Liu this year.