Wellness in the Libraries

The Smathers Libraries not only give you the tools to access information and resources, but also support your success through wellness services and programs to enhance your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. By offering these services, we hope to create safe and supportive spaces to help you cope with the challenges and demands of academic life.

Some highlights include:

  • Wellness collections that provide materials and practical information on topics such as mental health, personal care, stress management, nutrition, and fitness
  • Wellness events & activities that’ll help you unwind and have fun. From coloring and crafting to nature walks and visits from therapy dogs, there’s something for everyone – follow us on social media for all the details
  • Wellness and sensory friendly spaces that offer comfortable and quiet areas for students to study, rest, or recharge
  • Leisure reading collections

Wellness Services by Library

Architecture & Fine Arts Library 

The Architecture and Fine Arts Library (AFA) has a whole collection of board games waiting for you to play in those free moments between classes. And it’s not just about fun – these games can give your memory a boost and sprinkle some extra joy into your life. It is also home to sensory tools and other technology and equipment. Check out AFA’s full equipment & technology list to learn more. Campus map location for the AFA Library.

Education Library 

The EduGator Makery is a creative paradise for all you crafty students out there! This is the place where amazing tech tools like zSpace, Silhouette, and die-cut machines come to life. Whether you’re an educational technology enthusiast, a pre-service teacher gearing up for the classroom, or just diving into an education class project, the Makery is your go-to spot. There are great benefits of crafting for your wellbeing – engaging in crafting activities can chase away stress, ease anxiety, lift depression, and sharpen your cognitive skills. Plus, it’s a fantastic mood booster that can ramp up your self-confidence and keep stress at bay. Campus map location for the Education Library.  

Health Science Center Library 

Head over to the Health Science Center Library (HSCL) and recharge in one of the cozy nap pods – they’re famous for a reason! While you’re there, why not join in on the community jigsaw puzzle or get creative with some coloring kits? If you’re in the mood to move, give the treadmill desks a spin.

You can also relax and watch the fish in the small aquarium by the information desk on the 1st floor and, if you’re a book lover, you’ll want to explore the extensive collection of wellness and graphic medicine books.

For more details on all the wellness materials and resources at your fingertips, be sure to check out the HSCL Wellness guide. It’s your one-stop shop for staying well and balanced. Campus map location for HSCL.  

Library West 

On the 2nd floor, you’ll find fitness bike desks tucked away near the back and side walls—perfect for staying active while hitting the books. Plus, there’s a fantastic collection of board, tabletop and card games, both classic and modern, available from the Circulation desk, for when you need a break.

Need some peace and quiet? The Mindfulness Studio is a serene space you can use by visiting the Circulation desk. It welcomes up to four people for 30-minute sessions of prayer, meditation, or just some tranquil time.

For a touch of nature and to boost your mental well-being, check out the ‘Plant Yourself and Study Program.’ You can borrow a plant to keep you company while you study.

And that’s not all – head up to the 2nd floor for a cozy recreational reading area. It’s currently stocked with manga and cookbooks, and they’re always adding new materials. Campus map location for Library West. 

Marston Science Library 

Marston spaces are adorned with beautiful plants and has an exquisite aquarium on the 3rd floor. Need a cuddly companion for your study session? Just swing by the service desk to check out a fuzzy study buddy! Plus, if you’re feeling crafty, the Makerspace on the 1st floor (basement) is your creative playground. It’s a hub for collaboration and hands-on projects.

During Makerspace open lab hours, you’ll have access to an array of tools to bring your ideas to life: sewing and embroidery machines, a soldering & electronics workbench, power & hand tools, a Silhouette Cameo 3 cutting machine, a heat press machine, a 2.25″ button press, and so much more. Campus map location for MSL.  

Additional Wellness / Mindfulness resources