The University Libraries will offer "distraction-free" studying for finals that includes extended hours in our buildings, as well as stress-reducing activities. Use our spaces, our computers, our coffee shops, get help when you need it, and take a break with our awesome activities. Check out these coloring sheets designed by students

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It has been a tough semester but #YouGotThis! Your University Libraries are here to get you through. We have tons of “distraction-free” places for studying and study break activities to help reduce your stress during finals. Try our new Snapchat filter at Walter Library.


Bio-Medical Library (East bank)

Extended Study Space:
Open 24/7 beginning at 7am on Friday, December 9 through 6pm on Thursday, December 22nd with U Card.

Study Break Activities - December 7-8

  • Chair massages, 11am - 1pm
  • Virtual reality demos, 1am - 1pm
  • Cookies, coffee, tea
  • Fidget Therapy Stress Relief Station: kinetic sand, Magna-Tiles, spirographs, origami
  • Pixelated wall art
  • Earplugs

Walter Library (East bank)

Extended Study Space:
Open 24/7 beginning at 8am on Friday, December 9 through Thursday, December 22nd at 6pm with U Card.  

Study Break Activities

  • “Holidays at Hogwarts” including a Hogwarts selfie station, crosswords, coloring, cauldrons of winter survival goods
  • Food, coffee, tea, cake!
  • Button-making and nail polish on 12/13 - 12/14
  • Exam Jam on Saturday, December 10 in MCAE in Appleby and Bruininks Hall 131 A 

Magrath and St. Paul Libraries

Extended Study Space:
Open until midnight Thursday, December 15 through Wednesday, December 21 with the extended study area until 2 a.m. with U Card.

Study Break Activities - December 6-9

  • Coffee and Tea at Magrath on December 6 and 7 and at Natural Resources Library on December 8 and 9.
  • Bubble wrap, coloring and more. 

Wilson Library (West bank)

Extended Study Space:
Open 24/7 beginning at 7am on Thursday, December 15 through Thursday, December 22 at 6pm with U Card.

Study Break Activities - December 7-8Pet therapy

Wednesday, December 7

  • Free coffee in the lobby
  • Collaborative coloring, board games and button making

Thursday, December 8

  • PAWS to visit Wilson Library!  Pet away your worry and stress with six adorable animals. (11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.)
  • Free coffee in the lobby

Expanded Tutoring Hours and Exam Jams

  • The Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) will be hosting Exam Jam tutoring on December 10th in Appleby Hall from 9 am to 1 pm.  

  • The SMART Learning Commons will host Exam Jam and review sessions on Saturday, December 10th in select math, chemistry, CSCI, econ, and physics courses in Bruininks Hall from 1 pm to 4:30 pm. Tutoring for these and many other subjects will also be available, along with free copies of exams from the Test Bank. 

  • The U Libraries’ Peer Research Consultants (a.k.a. Library Research tutors) are here to help with any last minute library or academic research questions. Need one more scholarly source to perfect that paper? Have questions on citing a source in APA or MLA? Need credible statistics? Worried you are citing fake news? Sit down or make an appointment to help find the sources you need efficiently! Saturday, December 10 from 9am to 1pm in MCAE in Appleby Hall (Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence) and 1pm to 5pm in Walter Library SMART Learning Commons.


Remember: Escort Service 24/7 and Gopher Chauffeur

  • An escort is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please call 4-WALK (4-9255) if you would like an escort. The escort area covers all campuses and locations within a mile of campus.

  • The Gopher Chauffeur is a free transportation service that promotes safety in the campus community by providing University of Minnesota students with safe rides home. We operate from 10:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. The service is open to all University of Minnesota-Twin Cities students. Gopher Chauffeur drivers, navigators, and dispatchers are hired by Boynton Health Service. All employees are University of Minnesota-Twin Cities students. Please call 612-388-6911 for a ride.