De-Stress Before the Test!

An SU Librarian working on a puzzle at a table.Hard though it is to believe, since it feels like the semester just started, finals are right around the corner. We would like to repeat our “De-Stress” activities from last spring and ask your help with funding.

Students get very stressed out as they write term papers, complete semester-long projects, and study for and take final exams. Last spring, thanks in part to donations from readers of Library Matters, we were able to offer students a “Relaxation Station” with free hot drinks (coffee, tea and – the most popular – hot cocoa) and short activities to distract and relax them, such as jigsaw puzzles, coloring books, Lego competitions and yoga.

Coloring books on a table.Student reaction was overwhelmingly positive:

  • “Love the idea! :)
  • “Very beneficial. So useful. Relieved stress.”
  • “Nice study break.”
  • “This is literally the best thing to come out of my tuition.”
  • “Sometimes the brain needs a break, but not necessarily outside of the library, so it is awesome how accessible and convenient this is.”
  • “The chance to play with Legos has made my 1 a.m. crash disappear.”
  • “Great addition to campus during finals.”
  • “Loved the free coffee/tea.”


Coffee, hot chocolage, tea bags, and beverage cups on a table.The most commonly requested addition was to offer cookies and/or snacks as well as hot beverages. The second-most requested item was to bring puppies or dogs in for stress-relief sessions. Dogs aren’t allowed in state buildings, but we’ll see if we can get an exception for spring.

Meanwhile, click here if you’d like to contribute to our De-Stress initiative.