De-Stress Activities

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


Too much sitting? Take a walk with your book or laptop. Two WalkStations located in the Geisel East Commons feature low-speed treadmills with adjustable-height work surfaces. Book cradles and wrist rests are available for checkout in the Tech Lending Program


Quarterly Outreach Events

Join us during the academic year for many of our de-stress events, and learn about how the Library can help you de-stress and prepare for your classes. Have a suggestion for an event you would like the Library to offer? Send your comments and suggestions to

Mid-terms De-stress Events

Join your friends or make some new friends, during our “Take A Break” event series, in the Geisel East Commons on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during Weeks 4, 5, and 6 (excluding Summer) to take a break from studying and tests to build, color, create, and play. 

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 both the Geisel East & West Commons (2nd Floor), and are rotated regularly. Chess and Scrabble tables are positioned near the windows in the Geisel East Learning Commons.

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

Stress-Free Zone

From 7PM - 9PM on the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Finals Week, we offer an expanded ‘Stress-Free Zone’ in Group Study Room 2072 in Geisel East, Floor 2. The activities above are available then, along with many others.  Limited snacks are also provided.  Watch for details near the end of each term (excluding summer).  


Chair Massages

The Zone's Resources & Relaxation (R&R) Squad generally offers chair massages for students in one or two locations within Geisel Library each term (excluding summer). Contact for details.



Three large foam rollers are available in the Geisel East Commons, Floor 2 for stretching and desk exercises. A handout showing several 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. A second set of three foam rollers is available in the Brody Collaborative Space (Geisel 1st Floor Southwest). 


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