The University Libraries 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, Chat 24/7 with a librarian and take a break with our awesome activities.  Try 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. Try Effective U online guides to help with Final Exam Prep, Boost Your Study Habits, Manage Your Stress and more.

Walter Library (East Bank)

Extended Study Space: Walter Library second floor
Open 24/7 hour (bring U card) begins at 7:00 am on Friday, May 3 and ends at 6pm on Wednesday, May 15. 


April 30th (Tuesday) and May 1st (Wednesday) in Walter, Architecture and Math Libraries 

  • Coffee, tea, snacks
  • Words of encouragement - Positive post-its

May 7th (Tuesday), in Walter Library (2nd floor)

  • Plant a succulent with YOUmatter (12:00-4:00)

Wilson Library (West Bank) 

Extended Study Space: Wilson Library
The basement level will be open 24/7 beginning at 7am on Tuesday, May 7 until 6pm on Wednesday, May 15 with your U Card.

Activities: April 30th (Tues) and May 1st (Wed)

Pet Away Worry and Stress (PAWS) on May 9th (11:30-1:30)

Magrath Library (St. Paul) 

Natural Resources LibraryExtended Study Space: 
Magrath’s extended study area will be open most days until 2am with U Card.


Natural Resources Library April 29 (Mon) - May 3 (Fri) 

  • Come study with Leonard the turtle
  • Coffee/tea/treats all day

Bio-Medical Library (in Diehl Hall on East Bank)

Extended Study Space:
Open 24/7 hour (bring U card) begins at 7:00 am on Friday, May 3 and ends at 6pm on Wednesday, May 15. 

Activities: April 30th (Tues)-May 1st (Wed) from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm.BioMedical Library study room

  • Pet Away Worry and Stress (PAWS) - Wednesday, May 1st (11:30-1:30pm)
  • Harry Potter-themed Pop-Up exhibit on Tuesday, April 30th (11:00am-1:00pm)
  • in Makerspace - Virtual Reality (VR) , BeatSaber, Nintendo Switch Mario Kart, button making and stress relieving toys (both days)
  • Tactile activities- Spirograph, origami, cube twist puzzles
  • Words of Encouragement- post-its
  • Coffee, tea, cookies, candy 

Expanded Tutoring Hours and Exam Jams

  • Come study for finals at Exam Jam events! Extended tutoring hours at SMART & Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE), review sessions, and a relaxed weekend of preparation and snacks for you. See you there!  

  • 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! 

Walk 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. Get a ride, Sunday - Wednesday 8:30 pm to 12:30 am and Thursday - Saturday from 10:00 pm to 2:30 am. 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.

  • Finals can be stressful, campus has a bunch of support for you to try. Check out the Student Mental Health Website, you can access the U of M Textline 24/7 by texting “UMN” to 61222 or call 612-301-4673.