Popcorn Fridays, Hot Cocoa, and a Fireplace

The Roberta A. Smith Library on campus is a great place, and you don’t necessarily need to be a bookworm to appreciate it. Even if you look past all the books and touchscreen computers and the nice library worker people and the coffee machine and free popcorn Fridays, it’s also a great place to study. Like, a lot better than your messy dorm room.

No matter what your study style is, you’ll find a space in the library that works for you. Depending on what you prefer, you can pick a quiet or public place to study, a spot by the window, a desk in the basement, a conference room, a classroom or even an outdoor eating area . . . the list goes on and on. There are even stairs with chairs on the side of the stairwell (you have to see it to believe it).

One of my favorite spots is in the little alcove where the old yearbooks are kept. There’s hardly ever anyone there, and I can spread out on a comfy couch and study in peace and quiet, surrounded by a lot of Muskie history.

If you need to work on a group project there are tables with TV’s in front of them, so you can plug your laptops into the same TV and work on projects together, all looking at the same screen. Also, everything has outlets and USB charging ports; they’re built into tables, desks and couches.

The library is kind of my safe haven on campus, and I know I’m not the only one on campus who feels that way. Whether you end up hanging out with friends by the fountain outside as the leaves change, or sipping hot chocolate from the coffee machine in comfy chairs by the fireplace on cold rainy afternoons, I’m sure you’ll find your own little library haven here.

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