Campus Life

Library project aimed at reducing stress

Students zonked out from studying in the University of Lethbridge Library can take a break in a new Stress-Free Zone on Level 11 (L1114).

Nightly, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. until Dec. 21, students can take a break, have a snack, watch a movie, play a game or maybe even get a free massage.

In addition to Library Administration funding, several campus offices have pitched in with information, giveaways, and tips for students on how to be stress-free during exams.

Since the Library is open almost as late as most fast-food restaurants – extended hours run until 11 p.m. during exams – the Stress-Free Zone is an innovative idea that Library staff had only previously read about in U.S.-based library journals.

"We see our students get more and more caught up in the stress of studying as exams start to hit, and the Library is where a large number of them wind up cramming," says Nicole Eva, a Library staff member and the main organizer of the Stress-Free Zone.

"This idea is in place at a number of American universities, and we thought we'd give it a try this year."

The space is decked out with a projection screen TV, games, cards, healthy snacks and, on certain evenings, campus massage therapist Jarvis Larson, who is on hand to deliver short duration massages to students who've been hunched over a computer for hours.

"If this space proves to be a hit with the students, we'll certainly consider it for next term," Eva says. "This is a pilot year for this activity, so feedback and opinions are always welcome."

Visit the Library website to learn more about extended hours and other services available to students:
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