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

Fuel up for Finals!

Your University Libraries are here to get you through finals exams and final papers. 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, April 28 through 6pm on Saturday, May 13th with U Card.

Study Break Activities - May 2-3

  • PAWS (Pet Away Worry and Stress) - Wednesday, May 3 from 11am to 1pm
  • Chair massages - Tuesday, May 2 from 11 - 1
  • Kinetic sand, spirograph, orgami, magnatiles, and more 

Walter Library (East bank)

Extended Study Space:
Open 24/7 beginning at 8am on Friday, April 28 through Saturday, May 13 at 6pm with U Card.

Study Break Activities

  • Cake, snacks, coffee, tea, lemonade
  • Earplugs, puzzles and coloring
  • Exam Jam on Saturday, April 29 10 MCAE in Appleby and Sunday, April 30 in Walter Library SMART.

Magrath and St. Paul Libraries

Extended Study Space:
Open until midnight Saturday, May 6 through Friday, May 12 with the extended study area until 2 am with U Card.

Study Break Activities 

  • Giant coloring, tinker toys, kinetic sand
  • Orgami bookmarks - Tuesday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 3 from 12-2
  • Button making - Thursday, May 4 and Friday, May 5 from 10 to 2
  • Movies & popcore over the lunch hour in Magrath room 2 on Monday, May 1 - Friday, May 5

Wilson Library (West bank)

Extended Study Space:
Open 24/7 beginning at 8am on Saturday, May 6 through Saturday, May 13 at 6pm with U Card.

Study Break Activities - PAWS: Pet therapy

  • PAWS (Pet Away Worry and Stress) - Thursday, April 27 from 11:30 to 1:30
  • Free coffee in the lobby, coloring, board games and button making on Tuesday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 3 from 11 to 5.


Expanded Tutoring Hours and Exam Jams

  • MCAE and the Walter SMART Learning Commons will be hosting Exam Jam on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30

  • Final Exam Reveiw Sessions will be held Mary 1 to May 6.  

  • 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.