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