As a college student, most of my days (and nights) are spent in the library. My school’s library is 5 floors with many different uses. The first and fifth floor are reserved for quiet study-I know someone who’s gotten kicked off the floor for their phone vibrating, so it’s super quiet. The second and third floors are reserved for self study and there is classrooms aligning the walls for group study. The fourth floor is just mainly self study but it’s not as silent as the quiet floors.
I can’t count how many times I’ve spent over 5 hours in the library in one night, I am always in the library. When you live with your best friends, it can be hard to study in your room because they’re always doing something in the living room so I always give up on studying and go hangout with my roommates. Also, if I study in my room, I’m going to clean my entire room before I get any studying done; so it’s just easier to go to the lib to study.
Before I make my trek across campus however, there are a few things I cannot leave the house without, therefore making this my Library Survival Kit:
Computer + Charger
In college, most of your assignments are online, or require the internet. I know colleges don’t usually require you to have a computer but I couldn’t imagine not having one. It’s just so easy to save all your work on your personal computer, instead of worrying about losing a flash drive (which I’ve done multiple times in high school). I always bring my computer to the library-even if I’m just reading. I use it for music so my phone doesn’t die as quickly, or if I need to look up a definition of a word that I read over.
With taking your computer to the library, always, always take your computer charger. You don’t want to have to stop all your work just to go home and charge your computer. Phone chargers are also a necessity in the library… just bring all of your chargers, you won’t regret it-trust me.
I know this one seems like you wouldn’t forget the books you need, but I’ve done it. I always have a list of all the work I’d like to get done in the library that day and make sure to bring all of those books with me.
I have to be listening to music all the time, I can’t focus if it’s too quiet. My mom thinks it’s weird but it makes me focus. Getting to the library and realizing you forgot your headphones is the worst thing. Libraries are too quiet and frankly kind of creepy, music makes it more homey.
Again, another obvious one but so important. I was sitting in the library the other day and someone came up to me and asked me for a pen. Like, how did you forget a pen or pencil?? It makes no sense to me, but for that reason, I always make sure to have extra pens, pencils, highlighters, post it notes and flashcards. I’m like the school supply queen of my college.
Agenda, planner or whatever you call it, this is whatever you write your assignments in and due dates. My planner is my life. Don’t forget it when you go to the library because you will be lost without it. My roommate doesn’t use a planner and she always forgets about her homework and when it’s due. This is just a handy thing to have with you, so you can see what you have due in the next week or two.
If you drink coffee, this is a MUST for the library, it keeps you going when you’re tired. I usually drink a cup (or three) while at the library. Our campus starbucks is right next to our library so if I’m feeling a bit sluggish, I’ll ask someone to watch my stuff and run over and refill on caffeine.
I usually bring a refillable water bottle with me, just so I always have something to stay hydrated with. Water also is good for your brain and body, so I like to think that while I’m studying, the water is helping me learn more and keeping my body healthy.
While I study, I love snacking. I always bring something sweet, something salty and some healthy options like carrots and apples with me to the library. I just like to have some options because I may not want what I’ve packed and our library doesn’t have food in it (it’s the worst).
I ALWAYS dress in layers, you never know what the temperature in the library is going to be. I usually have a sweatshirt with me, I wear a t-shirt, and I always bring extra socks with me (pro tip: I carry extra socks everywhere) and I fully recommend it.
That’s everything I take with me to get some serious studying done. I’ve never left the library without getting what I needed done, done and it’s because I bring everything I would need with me.
I hope this helps you in your studies!