5 ways to take a break: Library-style

It could be because it’s exam season. There could be a coursework deadline looming. Either way, you’ve decided to camp out in the Library: you’ve remembered your water, cold snacks, laptop, and those fluffy slippers to keep your feet comfortably cosy. You’re ready-to-go with an all-night revision-a-thon. Your referencing is going to show Harvard who’s boss. It’s on, people.

But you also know that having a break is ESSENTIAL to successful exam survival and coursework preparation. Rest is important. Burning yourself out will not help anyone.

So, with this in mind, here are 5 things you can do in the Library that will help you take your mind off things:

  1. Look out of the window. From a glorious sunrise, to a spectacular sunset, looking out of the window can be awe inspiring; and inspiration is key to good studying. On a bright sunny day gaze at beautiful blue skies and puffy clouds. On grey rainy days, watch as other people get drenched. Bliss.

    Sunset from Level 6
  2. Go for a walk. We have 5 floors, stairs, lifts, doors to open and close- plenty of promenading possibilities. Plus, you never know who you might bump into
  3. Browse. Seriously, not only does it add a whole new exciting dimension to promenading (see: 2, above) but browsing can be serendipitous for the soul. We’ve got loads of things you can browse, books (pick up a floor guide at the desk, choose a section, off you go…) journals, newspapers. And once you’ve found something which sparks your imagination, grab a comfy purple chair, sit back and expand your mind.
  4. Hang out with BoB. BoB could be your new best friend. BoB will listen to what you want and try to give you what you want, when you want it. BoB’s great like that.
  5. Talk to a librarian. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or even the good old fashioned way, in person, at the Service Desk. Topics we’re good at include: library essentials, resources, referencing, knitting, board games, TV and cake.

And remember: you will get there in the end- just make sure you look after yourself on the way.

Northampton Square Library, Level 3 closure

Level 3 of the Northampton Square Library will be closed over the Bank Holiday weekend (27th-31st August) so we can install new furniture.

If you need to do group work, please use Level 2. Levels 4, 5 and 6 will be available for silent study as usual.

All the new furniture has been delivered but still needs to be unpacked and assembled. As you can see from pile of boxes and mystery objects below, it’s going to be a big job.

furniture

What will it be once it’s all put together? Check City Library News next week to see what’s in the box!

 

Library Staff Love #2: Purple James Bond style chairs

The name is Librarian, University Librarian.

Yes, this month’s recommendation comes from Louise D. and highlights how the Northampton Square Library now offers all of our students and staff the chance to play out a fluffy-white-cat-spinning-chair fantasy…

But why does Louise love the purple chairs?

“I love these chairs, because… they were in use the moment they went out, and they offer a beautiful view of the square. Particularly in autumn with the trees changing colours. I’ve worked in a number of different areas of London throughout my career and I love the fact NSQ Library overlooks such a green and quiet (some of the time) space. Purple Peace amongst the chaos.”

Yes, it’s been great to see students enjoying the Library spaces and feeling comfortable and relaxed, which is particularly important during stressful periods like exam time.

Thanks Louise!

(If you would like to share what you love about the Library, let us know!)

Take a break on the new seats on Library Level 2. Thanks to @ivaalexieva for letting us share this photo. #cityunilibrary #takeabreak

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