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Study Spots on Campus According to a Library Newbie

I’ve got to make a confession before I start providing you with OSU’s study spaces: I’m a newly converted library lover. Throughout my entire freshman year and for the beginning of last semester, I couldn’t see the appeal of going to the library with half of the student population to try to study and focus. I thought it was the biggest excuse for procrastination and a chance to socialize rather than study. I’m here to tell you … I was WRONG.

I started spending more time in the library in between my classes to increase my productivity levels (which were dipping pretty low) and found that the sight of other people hard at work and the atmosphere that the library provides encouraged me to do my work and made procrastination less prevalent. I find that when I’m at home I am much more likely to end up surfing the web and checking Twitter than when I’m at the library surrounded by people who are diligently working. So, as a former library-hater, I encourage you to try out the study spots listed below to help you get off on the right foot and tackle this new semester!

  • Thompson. The most well-known library on campus, equipped with computer labs, printers, study rooms and multiple seating options. You’ll be likely to see someone you know here, so this may be a good place to go if you’re tired of dining solo on a study break. 
  • Science and Engineering Library (SEL). Located in the midst of the many chemistry-geared buildings, this library provides many of the same services as Thompson, but is much smaller. One major perk of the SEL, though, is that it’s open 24 hours a day. Perfect for those all-night cram sessions the day before the exam (definitely not suggesting that, though). Overall, it’s a great place to go to switch things up and the café on the bottom level provides tons of delicious coffee drinks to keep you caffeinated and satisfied.
  • Health Sciences Library. This library is located in the far-away land we call Medical Campus. It’s quite a hike to get there if you live on North Campus, but it’s definitely a good place to go if you really need to seclude yourself. It’s generally pretty unpopulated and it provides many of the same amenities as any of the other libraries. Bonus: there is a hospital right next door, so if your brain actually does explode from too much studying, you’ll be taken care of rather quickly.
  • The Ohio Union. This is, by far, my favorite place on campus. Not only does it have tons of rooms equipped with delightful seating options, but many of these rooms are available to rent out for a few hours, making it the perfect place for you and your friends to have your own private study space! Not only are there millions of places to study at the Union, but it also has the delicious Union Market with tons of awesome food options, Espress-OH with yummy coffee drinks and tasty gelato and sobettos, and Station 88, outfitted with gobs of Buckeye gear you didn’t even know existed. The Union takes the cake for the best place to study, in my opinion. And I won’t lie, that statement is heavily influenced by the Union Market’s salads (YUM).
  • Starbucks. I think this one almost speaks for itself, especially in the cold of winter. If you live off campus, it may be your closest option and not even studying can absorb the cheer that the scent of freshly brewed coffee and a friendly atmosphere provides. This is the smallest venue listed, but if you hit it at the right time, you may be lucky enough to snag a table for yourself.

This isn’t even a fraction of all the great places there are to study, but, as noted earlier, I’m new to this game, so I haven’t had the privilege of trying out all the other great options. If you know of any other awesome study places on or around OSU’s campus, comment below and help me and your fellow collegiettes out!



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