Tis the Season to Be at the Library: Finals Week Info

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The Library is here to help you do your best. Check out all of the ways we’ll help you stay focused, calm, and awake in the coming days....

Important Building Info:

  • The DiMenna-Nyselius Library is open 24 hours starting on Tuesday December 13th!
    • The Library closes on December 21st at 6:30pm for the holiday recess. View our Library building hours and staffed research hours.
  • We are opening up additional study space in the evenings!
      • Writing Center: Starting at 5:30pm on 12/16
      • Math Center: 10:30pm-9:00am 12/13-12/20.
      • Room 231 (Peer Tutoring Rm near the Popular Reading Collection): 8:30pm-7am, 12/13 - 12/21
      • Rm 101 (Multimedia Room): 6pm - 7am, 12/13
      • Rm 106A (Classroom): A sign will posted on on the door with times available
      • Rm 114 (Library Instruction Room): 6pm-7am , 12/13 & 12/15 - 12/21
      • And don't forget about other drop-in spaces in the building like the Collaboratories and Quiet Room (rm 115) on the lower level.
  • VIP Study Room Dates - We offer up our Research Consultation Room on the main level for a few dates during finals as raffle prizes. Students can win the room for 24 hours (to use solo or with friends) and a gift bag of snacks and study supplies.
    • Tues. 12/12 - Fiona C. won the room by entering our finals raffle
    • Wed. 12/14 - Samantha F. won the room by entering the Academic Commons Trick or Treat raffle.
    • Sat. 12/17 - Enter the raffle drawing by attending Cram Jam. Winner will be announced on 12/15. We will post on our Instagram @fairfieldulib
  • Library Dunkin is open 8am-8pm
  • Vending machines, microwave, and a toaster available in the Cafe. There are also desktop computers towards the back of this space and gender inclusive restrooms.
  • Return your Library Books before you leave campus for the winter break. You can drop your books to the Library Services & Information Desk or one of the book drops (located in the lobby and another on the exterior Bannow side of the building).
  • Donate your class textbooks (or any required class texts) to our Student Donated Textbook Collection. Pay it forward to help other students save money! Drop your books off at the Library Services & Information Desk and fill out a quick form so we know which classes they were from.

Free Stuff

  • Study supplies (highlighters, pens, index cards, and ear plugs) at the Library Services & Information Desk. While supplies last.
  • Free coffee, tea, and snacks available every night at 11pm at the Library Services & Information Desk. We encourage you to bring your own coffee mug (with a lid).
  • Borrow useful items from our "Library of Things" with your StagCard at the Library Services & Information Desk such as phone and laptop chargers, mini white boards, blue light glasses, book stands, lap desks, a white noise machine for your study room, etc. You can also borrow board games, lawn chairs, etc.
  • Late Night Ramen hosted by the Asian Student Association, Wed. 12/14 from 9pm until supplies last. Stop by the lobby to grab your ramen cup and water.

Academic Support

  • Librarians are available to help you with research and citations. Ask a Librarian for help by either dropping by the Library Services & Information Desk during staffed hours, using the 24/7 chat, sending us an email, or schedule a research appointment. 
    • There will also be a research librarian available at "Finals Madness", organized by the Office of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, in their office at the BCC on 12/14 and 12/15 from 5-7pm.
    • And don't forget that we have tutorials and research and citation guides too!
  • Register for a guided study/time management workshop using the Pomodoro Technique. The workshop will take place on the first reading day, Tues. 12/13 from 2:00-4:30pm in room 114. Snacks provided.
  • Drop by CRAM JAM on the second reading day, Wed. 12/14 from 11am-4pm to get help from peer tutors in various subjects or get citation/research help from a librarian. There will be therapy dogs, de-stress activities, snacks, study supplies, and a raffle too! Specific times tutors are available are posted on the event page.
  • The Writing Center and Math Center will offer tutoring. See their pages for more information.
  • The ITS Help Desk has extended hours.

De-Stress Opportunities

  • Laugh or sing-a-long to our corny finals holiday themed song
  • De-stress programming such as:
    • Lattes with Librarians (casual chat about books over coffee/cookies), Tues. 12/13, 11am-12pm, rm 114
    • Self-Care: Stress Less Workshop offered by the Office of Academic Support & Retention, Tues. 12/13 12-1pm, rm 114.
    • Pet a Therapy Dog. Multiple dates. Additional ones may be added.
      • Wed. 12/14,11:30-2:30pm AND 3:00-4:00pm during Cram Jam
      • Thurs. 12/15, 9:30am-11:30am
      • Fri. 12/16, from 11am-1pm
    • Cram Jam, Wed. 12/14, Drop by the Library Cafe between 11am-4pm. In addition to tutoring and other academic support there will be de-stress activities which include bracelet making, knitting, make your own stress ball, therapy dog visits, coloring, post card writing, snacks, hand massages with essential oils, and more.
    • Fairfield@Night is offering de-stress activities, Wed. 12/14, 8-9:30pm, rm 101
    • 5th Annual Pickle Hunt, Starts Thurs. 12/15 at 10am until last pickle is found
    • Button Making, Thurs. 12/15, 2-4pm, lobby
    • Group Scream, every night 12/13-12/20 at 10pm on the dot on the Library lawn
    • Holiday/Winter Film Screenings , Fri. 12/16, rm 101. We choose three documentaries and they start at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Popcorn provided by Campus Ministry.
    • Watch Party for World Cup Games, rm 101. Games will be shown using the Telemundo broadcast
      • World Cup Semi-Final 1: Tuesday 12/13 2-4pm
      • World Cup Semi-Final 2: Wednesday 12/14 2-4pm
      • World Cup Final: Sunday 12/18 10am-12pm
  • Looking ahead to the winter break? In need of reading motivation? Sign-up for the Winter Reading Challenge! Or grab a book from the Popular Reading Collection on the main level.
  • Spotify channel with a variety of playlists and study tunes
More details on our Stags Read Book Recommendations Guide