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Exploring alternative study spots with Brenna

Hi! My name is Brenna. I’m a junior from Conway Springs, Kan., majoring in English. I was hired as a communications student employee for K-State Libraries about two weeks before Hale caught on fire, and as someone who basically lived in the library last semester, I was pretty upset when I heard what had happened, especially when I realized the extent of the damage. 

Selfie of the author.
This is me, looking a little sleep-deprived at work.

The K-State Student Union has stepped up in amazing ways, especially by hosting Library Help and IT Help desks. Everyone knows about it as a study spot, though. I decided to take a mini-tour to see what other study locations around campus are my favorite! Here are a few out-of-the-way areas you might not know about. 

I used the “Hale recovery” tab on the K-State interactive map to find locations that would be good on-campus study spots. The map itself was incredibly helpful since it has the hours listed as well as the room numbers or floors.

My first stop was Calvin Hall’s third floor, which is advertised on the map as a location with group study space, printing capabilities and a computer lab. The group study spot was extremely comfortable with rows of cushioned chairs and a pretty relaxed atmosphere.

The very nice grad student who I talked to said that it’s typically pretty empty, except for right before class starts. 

There is also a charging station with both Android and iPhone compatible cords for those days when you find yourself without a charger. You can also find a  computer lab with a printer in Room 318.

A charging station on a black metal post with adapters hanging from it.
Charging station with cords for Androids and iPhones in Calvin Hall.
A man in a baseball cap holding a laptop sits on a couch.
Friendly Calvin Hall grad student.

Eisenhower Hall 121 was the next place I visited. This room is a designated quiet room, and it had a lot of outlets surrounding the desks, which is always a plus. There was no one there at all, and it was really easy to find.

There is a chalkboard there if that helps you study. Unfortunately, there is no printing in Eisenhower for students, so plan accordingly!

Several white plastic tables and aqua chairs sit in front of a large, sunny bank of windows.
Tables in Eisenhower 121, a quiet study room.

The College of Business Building is home to some amazing study spaces. Rooms are available for both quiet study and group study. Even the open study spaces on the first, second and third floors were relatively quiet.

The very friendly student I talked to said that the areas are generally heavily trafficked and that it can be difficult to grab a study room.

However, there were so many different seating options and arrangements outside of study rooms. Nearly all of the chairs I saw also had desks near them. Printers are available, and they are located near the first, second and third floor elevators and in the back of the computer lab located in Room 3121.

A student with short dark hair sits in an armchair holding a black laptop in front of a light purple wall.
Seating options in the College of Business Building.
A student with long brown hair and glasses smiles at the camera as she sits in an office chair with her feet propped up on an armchair and holds her laptop.
Study room in the College of Business Building. 
More than two dozen double computer monitors line long wooden tables in a room occupied by a single student.
The computer lab in the College of Business Building, Room 3121.

Next up, Justin Hall! Justin Hall has a quiet study room (Room 301) on the third floor and group study locations on the first floor in an open area.

A computer and large printer sit under a sign that says "Louis S. and Rachel C. Hodgson Student Collaborative Area."
The printer in Justin Hall, which is located by the group study area.

Right by the entrance to Justin, there are tables with chairs for groups, and farther back in the first floor is another group of comfortable chairs—these do not have desks, but it was quite a bit quieter than the area by the entrance. Printers are available both in the quiet study room and in the group study location to the left of the main entrance.

Brenna sits in an armchair against the left wall; nearby, two tables are surrounded by a variety of office chairs.
Quiet study in 301 Justin.

Dickens Hall has 24/7 printing available! It is a computer lab, so it has a lot of computers and a printer available. They’re located in Room 1, which is in the basement. You can access it through the back entrance on the north side of the building or the wheelchair accessible entrance throughout the night.

A dozen monitors sit on three tables lined against a wall.
Rows of computers in the basement of Dickens Hall lab.
Three students with short hair hold notebooks and pens as they look at a computer monitor together.
The computer lab in Dickens Hall. 
Wheelchair accessible entrance to the computer lab in Dickens Hall.

The Vet Med Library is located on the north side of campus in Trotter Hall, very close to the K-State Rec. Its amazing booths might just be worth the trek. It’s open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and has public computers, scanners and a printer.

The printer does cost a small amount because it doesn’t accept CatCash. There is an open group study area as well as a room specifically for quiet study, Room 422.

It is located on the fourth floor of Trotter Hall and is to your right when you get off the elevators. The chairs are comfy, and there is a variety of seating arrangements, including those booths—they’re now my favorite spot because they have outlets on the table and are incredibly comfortable.

Entrance to the Vet Med Library on the fourth floor.
A curved help desk at the left is adjacent to a study area with tables and office chairs, as well a variety of soft seating.
Group seating in the Vet Med Library.
Wooden tables and gray booths with an aqua pattern line one wall of the Vet Med Library. A student at a laptop works in the distance.
Booths in the Vet Med Library.

I found a ton of study spots that I did not know existed before this year, and some of them I really loved. If you’re like me, you’re missing Hale Library, but there are great spots out there. Go find your new favorite spot—and let us know about it!

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