End of fall semester survival guide

Student studying at computer station
Finals are upon us! Whether it’s help with research, a quiet place to focus, or the equipment needed for recording a multi-media project, Emory Libraries has you covered. Check out all of the resources available within the Robert W. Woodruff Library building:

Quiet Study Areas

  • Short-term Individual Study Rooms are available for solitary, short-term work. They are reservable for a maximum of 3 hours per day and may be booked up to 14 days in advance.  
  • There are several designated Quiet Study Spaces throughout the Woodruff Library building.
  • Some of these areas include the Matheson Reading Room, accessible via the Level 3 bridge at the front of the library, the Music and Media Library on Level 4, and Levels 4, 5, and 8 in the stack tower.
  • While these areas are unable to accommodate group study and conversation, we have many other spaces available for collaboration.
  • If you choose to sit at a large table in the Quiet Study areas, be open to making room for others to sit with you. If you’re looking for a seat, don’t be afraid to ask politely if you may join the table if there’s room.

Collaborative Study Areas

Students in group study room

  • Learning Commons combines technological resources and support services in an accessible, welcoming environment for learning and research.
  • The first two floors of the Woodruff Library are designed to be a place for library users to gather and interact, so if you are working with a group, this is a great place to be.
  • Many of the tables, seating, and whiteboards on Levels 1 and 2 are mobile, so you can move things around to best accommodate your study needs.
  • Reservable group study rooms are located throughout the library.

Research Assistance

  • Subject librarians are available to assist you with your projects and papers. No matter who you contact, we will make sure to get you connected with someone who can help! Schedule a Research Consultation.
  • Need help finding materials at the library? Explore our Research Help pages to learn more about the library and the research process.
  • Have a question but not sure where to start? Ask a Librarian provides a variety of ways to get answers anytime, anywhere!
  • In-person: Start at the Library Service Desk on Level 2. Research assistance is available 7 days a week during scheduled hours.
  • Live Chat: Live chat assistance is available by clicking the chat button on the Ask a Librarian page.
  • Text: Quick and direct, just text your question to 404-994-3366.
  • Email: Send your message via Ask a Librarian, and we will respond in less than two business days.
  • Searchable FAQs: Search Library FAQs 24/7 for answers to our most frequently asked questions regarding library services and spaces. 
  • Call: Don’t hesitate to simply give us a call at 404-727-6873.

Tools and Equipment

  • Need to charge your phone or laptop but forgot your charger? The Robert W. Woodruff Library carries popular chargers to borrow and use within the building.
  • In need of other multimedia equipment? Check out the Equipment Collections at Emory guide for a full list of equipment you can borrow.
  • Need to record or stream a presentation, podcast, or interview? Check out the various production studios on Level 1. For post-production needs and access to the Adobe Creative Cloud, visit MediaLab.
  • If you need any tech assistance, stop by the Student Tech Support desk on Level 1.


Student using printer

  • Emory’s EaglePrint service provides details about printing from laptops, desktops, Chromebooks, or mobile devices.
  • Public printers are available on Levels 1 and 2.
  • If you need help printing, stop by the Library Service Desk on Level 2.
  • Multi-function printers are available for copying and scanning to email. While copying costs are the same as printing costs, scanning-to-email is free of charge.
  • Need to do some book scanning? Try the KIC Bookeye book scanner across from the Library Service Desk on Level 2.

Stress Relief

  • De-stress with popular reading materials from Emory’s OverDrive collection and from the McNaughton Collection located next to the Library Service Desk on Level 2.
  • During reading days and final exams, Banjo Coffee is open 24 hours to provide the beverages and snacks to keep you fueled throughout your studying. The café is also a great place to take a moment to relax and chat with friends over a cup of coffee.

Crafting and Wellness Workshops

Tap into Calm workshop poster

Tap into Calm – Wellness Workshop

“Tapping” is a stress management technique where one physically taps on specific points and areas of their face and body. Clinical evidence shows there is a rapid decrease in cortisol, a stress hormone, when using this technique, leading to an increased sense of calm. Join librarian Keeza Hameed for this workshop during any of the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, December 7th at 1-1:30pm, Jones Room
  • Thursday, December 7th at 3-3:30pm, Jones Room
  • Monday, December 11th at 1-1:30pm, Jones Room
  • Monday, December 11th at 3-3:30pm, Jones Room

Unwind @ TechLab

Our partners in Student Digital Life are hosting a series of crafty workshops to help students relax during finals. All workshops are held in the TechLab, which is a makerspace on the second floor of Cox Hall, towards the back of the Computing Center.

  • Needlefelt Cute Animals — Wednesday, December 6th at 5-7pm
  • Ornament Painting (and laser cutting) Workshop — Thursday, December 7th at 2-4pm
  • Coloring Relaxation — Friday, December 8th at 4-6pm
  • Friendship Bracelets — Monday, December 11th at 2-4pm
  • Lockpicking & Lemonade Meetup — Tuesday, December 12th at 2-4pm

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