De-Stress Activities

Need a break from long hours of studying? Give your mind a rest with one of our de-stressing activities. 


Too much sitting? Take a walk with your book or laptop. Two WalkStations in Geisel East's Commons and one in Geisel's Brody Collaborative Space feature low-speed treadmills with adjustable-height work surfaces. Book stands and wrist supports are available for checkout through the Tech Lending Program


Quarterly Student Activities

Join us for our quarterly de-stress activities and learn about how the Library can help you succeed academically. Have a suggestion for an activity you'd like the Library to offer? Send comments and suggestions to


Mid-Term De-Stress Events

"Take A Break" from studying and tests to build, color, create, and play. Join your friends, or make new friends, at our “Take A Break” event series in Geisel's East Commons on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays of Weeks 4, 5, and 6 (excluding Summer).


Puzzles & Games

Shared puzzles have proven very popular with students.  Stop by and complete a lot, or a little, of the puzzle.  Puzzles are available in Geisel's East Commons (2nd Floor), Brody Collaborative Space (1st Floor West), & BLB, and are rotated regularly. Chess and Scrabble tables are positioned near the windows in Geisel's East Commons.

Coloring pages, mazes, and word searches are available in the pamphlet rack near East Commons service desk. Crayons and colored pencils are also available by request at the service desk. 

Stress-Free Zone

From 7-9PM on the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Finals Week, we offer an expanded ‘Stress-Free Zone’ in Group Study Room 2072 in Geisel's East Commons (2nd Floor). The activities above are available then, along with limited snacks and coffee. Dates for Winter 2020 are March 16, 17, & 18 (Finals Week).  

On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of Week 10, we offer a ‘Stress-Free Zone’ in the Events Room on the 1st floor of the Biomedical Library Building. De-Stress activities will be available from 4-6PM each day. Stop by to take a study break and get a blue book or scantron when you complete a brief survey; completed surveys will be entered in a raffle for a prize. Dates for Winter 2020 are March 10, 11, & 12 (Week 10)



Foam rollers are available in Geisel's East Commons (2nd Floor) for stretching and desk exercises. A handout showing uses for the foam rollers is available in the pamphlet rack near the service desk and in PDF format, while details on a wealth of other uses can easily be found online. Additional sets of foam rollers are available in the Brody Collaborative Space (Geisel 1st Floor Southwest) and the Biomedical Library Building Commons (BLB 1st Floor South).

Comments, Questions, or Suggestions?

Know of other items you’d like us to offer?  We’d love to hear your ideas. Send questions, comments, and suggestions to