As we bump into the end of the last week of classes, Hale Library has already hosted all-nighters, including a few students who made their own blanket fort (a la Community?) while completing some end of semester projects. (And let me warn you before you watch the clip below--don't watch it if you only have time for a short study break. These clips, man, they just suck you in!)
Didn't bring blankets or pillows? Don't worry, you can still study in Hale without a blanket fort. In fact, we encourage it.
Still, we know folks are scoping out the ideal study space for this Time of Great Study. Apart from available power outlets, a key criteria for optimal study space is noise level. Some people absolutely cannot study if they are overhearing another table's whispered discussion regarding the relative merits of the Mellivora capensis. But we also see groups preparing for Dr. Patel's chemistry exam and they need to talk these things through. And, of course, there is everyone in between.
To aid you in locating your study space, here's the noise level breakdown for Hale Library:
2nd--Group (aka, not quiet)
4th--Group (aka, not quiet)
24 Hour Study Area--Group (aka, not quiet)
These zones go into effect Saturday morning, although 1st floor and the Great Room have been designated quiet study space all semester.
Our tiled stairwells (on the southeast and southwest corners of Hale) are sound conductors. As you ascend or descend theses stairs, remember that anyone near one of those stairwells is hearing your entire conversation.
We will be putting out signs on tables, at building entrances, and by the elevators to notify everyone about the sound levels.
Everyone around you is easily as stressed out as you are. If the table next to you on a quiet floor starts a whispered conversation, wait a few moments before getting upset. It could simply be a quick conversation about a trip to the bathroom. On the other hand, if you need to hum the Flight of the Bumblebee in order retain anything from Stats, you'll want to be sure to stake out a corner of a table on a Group/Not Quiet Floor.
And that reminds me. Space is at a premium around here come finals time (making blanket forts unwieldy). Sharing tables with people you don't know is ok--especially if you ask first.
And above all else, remember that in a week, with a good night's sleep, finals will be over.