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 Chat 24/7 when you need it, and take a break with our awesome activities. Check out these coloring sheets designed by students. Also, check the Study Space Finder to find even more great places to study or reserve a group study room in the Libraries. The Women's Center also has some suggestions for study break activities


Bio-Medical Library (East bank)

Extended Study Space:
Open 24/7 beginning at begins at 7:00 am on Friday, December 8 and ends at 6:00 pm on Thursday, Dec 21 with U Card. Reserve a group study room.

"Underwater" Study Break Activities - Tues, Dec. 5 and Weds, Dec. 6 from 11am to 1pm

  • Chair massages
  • Free coffee, tea and cookies
  • Make a button, enjoy the video aquarium, explore Virtual Reality, and more 
  • MakerSpace (3rd floor) - kinetic sand, vinyl stickers, orgami, magnatiles, and more 

Walter Library & East bank Libraries (Architecture and Math Library)

Extended Study Space:
Open 24/7 beginning at begins at 8:00 am on Friday, December 8 and ends at 6:00 pm on Thursday, Dec 21 with U Card. Reserve a group study room

Study Break Activities: Tues, Dec. 5 and Weds, Dec 6

  • Free snacks, coffee, and tea
  • Puzzles, games, and coloring
  • 3D printing of fidget spinners (and free spinners!) presented by the Walter BreakerSpace.
  • Exam Jam on Sat Dec. 9 -- Mon Dec. 11

Math Library (310 Vincent Hall) and Architecture Library (2nd floor, Rapson Hall)

  • Snacks, games, and coloring

Magrath and St. Paul Libraries

Extended Study Space:
Open until midnight Thursday, Dec. 14 through Thursday, Dec. 21 with the extended study area until 2 am with U Card. Reserve a group study room.

Magrath Study Break Activities from 11-1 on Mon Dec. 11 thru Thurs Dec. 14 

  • Free coffee, tea and snacks
  • Wed Dec. 13 - Cupcake decorating (11am - 1pm)
  • Coloring all day

Natural Resources Library from 9-4, Mon Dec. 11 thru Fri Dec. 15

  • Free Coffee & Tea all week 
  • Come visit Leonard the turtle (all day)
  • Large format coloring pages (all day)

Vet Med Library from Mon Dec. 11 thru Wed Dec. 13

  • Games & coloring, Button making
  • Free Coffee/tea & treats
  • Certified therapy dog

Wilson Library (West bank)

Extended Study Space:
Open 24/7 beginning at 7:00 am on Thursday, December 14th and ends at 6:00 pm on Thursday, December 21st. Reserve a group study room.

Study Break Activities - PAWS: Pet therapy

  • PAWS (Pet Away Worry and Stress) - Thursday, Dec. 14 from 11:30 to 1:30
  • Free coffee in the lobby, coloring, board games and button making.


Expanded Tutoring Hours and Exam Jams

  • MCAE and the Walter SMART Learning Commons will be hosting Exam Jam on Sat Dec. 9 -- Mon Dec. 11 with exam review sessions for courses including BIOL, MATH, CHEM and PHYS courses and more.  

  • 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! 


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.