How We Do: Adapting to Student Needs

FF_Dogtherapy_2University libraries play an important role as an essential means in preparing students to become active learners who are equipped to locate, evaluate, and create knowledge gathered from information discovered in a variety of formats.  These student outcomes are fundamental to student success, not only during the students’ collegiate career, but also as they enter the workforce.

The staff at Reese Library are dedicated to ensuring we do our part to aid in each student’s success by providing educational opportunities through research consultations, academic course offerings, and class-specific library instruction.  We take pride in offering the best facilities, resources, and customer service possible. And we recognize that the time leading up to and during final exams can be stressful and challenging for students who wish to create a balance between studying and their social life.

For students who choose Reese Library as a study haven, we acknowledge the challenges we face in supporting student research and studying through barriers in our services: restrictive number of computers in the library, small number of group study rooms, reduction in staffing, and limited service hours. As a solution, and with funding from the Office of Student Life and Engagement, the Library was able to create “Finals Frenzy!”, a seven-day program of extended hours and activities which will provide not only an outlet of stress relief for students burdened by the onslaught of exams, but an environment that promotes a relaxing, conducive place for students to study.

Last semester, we were able to serve nearly 800 students. Based on the positive response by students and success of the program, Reese Library will again offer Finals Frenzy! Come join us April 29-May 2 and May 6-7!

What we are offering: extended library hours (until 2:00 am!), additional computer availability (room 304), study snacks trolley (the snacks will come to you!), therapy dogs, a de-stress booth, and a social media hunt.

We are here to help you succeed in this “increasingly complex and often chaotic information age” (ACRL, 2013). As education continues to evolve, so do we!

If you have questions about Finals Frenzy or would like to share your thoughts about the program, please contact Autumn Johnson, User Engagement Librarian, at 706-667-4912 or

 Association of College and Research Libraries. 2013. A Student’s Guide to Evaluating Libraries in Colleges and Universities. ACRL.