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Library De-Stress Activities

Virtual Student Activities

Working and studying from home during these times can be stressful. Remembering to take care of our minds, bodies, and overall well-being is especially important in times of uncertainty. We are here to help you and welcome your ideas and feedback.

See the Google Calendar for the complete schedule.

Virtual Study Rooms

For those that miss studying in your favorite areas of the Library, we invite you to our Virtual Study Rooms via Zoom. These 2-hour study sessions are open study spaces and will be broken up by short breaks, following the Pomodoro Technique. Bring any course work or projects you want to focus on during this time. There will be a timer onscreen to indicate the start and end of breaks. Library staff will be playing lo-fi music during the session.

Each “room” is themed with a popular Library location. Click the links below for previews of each “room”:

Feel free to drop in anytime during the 2 hours and stay for as long as you have time for. You may keep your camera off, or use one of the Library’s Zoom backgrounds to immerse yourself in the virtual experience of studying with your peers. 

Library De-Stress Publication

Check back every other Wednesday for healthy tips and new activities that you can do at home by yourself as a scheduled study break, weekend de-stress activity, or with friends (virtually, of course) to de-stress. We will be sharing original coloring pages, simple healthy recipes, mindfulness tips, and more! 

Spring 2021 Publications:

Coloring Club

Coloring Club is not offered for Spring Quarter, but you can still print out our original coloring pages from Google Drive!

Take a break from studying to enjoy a peaceful hour of coloring. Print out the coloring page of the week, grab your favorite coloring instruments, and hop on to Zoom, where the moderator will be coloring live with you and playing lo-fi music.

From Fall 2020:

Fall 2020 Coloring Club


Keep reading to learn about de-stress amenities and activities you can look forward to when the Library is open again. 

De-Stress Amenities in the Library

In compliance with Chancellor Khosla’s campus-wide guidelines regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Library will not be holding any de-stress events in-person (Take-A-Break, Stress-Free Zone, etc.) until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience. 




Keep active while you study in the Library Two WalkStations in Geisel East's Commons (Floor 2) and one in Geisel's Brody Collaborative Space (Floor 1 West) feature low-speed treadmills with adjustable-height work surfaces. Bookstands and wrist supports are available for checkout at Geisel’s Front Desk. 


Foam rollers are available in Geisel's East Commons (Floor 2) and Brody Collaborative Space (Floor 1 West) for stretching and desk exercises. A handout showing uses for the foam rollers is available near the foam rollers in the East Commons. Additional sets of foam rollers are available in the Biomedical Library Building (Floor 1 South Stairs).

Quarterly Student Activities

Notice:The Library will not be holding any in-person events (Take-A-Break, Stress-Free Zone, etc.) until further notice.  

Join us for our quarterly de-stress activities and learn about how the Library can help you succeed academically.

Mid-Term De-Stress Events

Take your study breaks seriously. "Take A Break" with drop-in activities like Kinetic Sand, adult coloring pages, DIY Zen gardens, and more! Invite your friends, or make new friends at Group Study Room 2072 in Geisel's East Commons (Floor 2) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays of Weeks 4, 5, and 6 (excluding Summer).

Puzzles & Games

Puzzles and Games


Shared jigsaw puzzles are available in Geisel's East Commons (Floor 2), Brody Collaborative Space (Floor 1 West), & the Biomedical Library Building (Floor 2), and are rotated regularly. A shared chess board is positioned near the windows in Geisel's East Commons.

Coloring pages, sudoku puzzles, and mazes are available in the pamphlet rack near Group Study Rooms 1 and 2 in Geisel’s East Commons. Coloring supply kits are also available for checkout at the Front Desk. 

Stress-Free Zone

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. Activities from our “Take A Break” series will be available from 4-6PM on each day. Complete a brief survey to get a blue book or scantron and be entered in a raffle for a prize.

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 along with limited snacks and coffee.

Comments, Questions, or Suggestions?

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