Top 14 Places to Study in JMU Libraries

Posted on: November 3, 2021

Finding the right spot to study can make all the difference, whether you’re looking for a space that’s conversation-friendly, ultra-quiet, cozy, or sunny and open. While exploring is the best way to find your favorite spot, these 14 top places to study can help to get you started:

  • The double decker carrels in Carrier Library
  • The stacks in Carrier
  • The Makery in Carrier
  • Starbucks in Carrier
  • The “little” Gallery Underground in the Music Library
  • Flex space on the 3rd floor of Rose Library
  • Hangout space with puzzles and games in Rose
  • Zenbooths on 3rd floor of Rose and 2nd floor of Carrier
  • Swipe-in 24/7 Space in Rose
  • Reservable study rooms
  • The Nook on the 3rd floor of Rose
  • Balcony lounge on the 4th floor
  • And so many more!

Carrier Library

1. The double decker carrels on the 3rd floor

Smack-dab in the middle of the third floor of Carrier, say hello to the double-decker study carrels. Choose a lower one if you need a small cave-like atmosphere to write a paper. Or go up the steps and literally be above it all in your own little world.

2. The stacks

If focusing requires you to hole up and not know what time it is, the stacks will quickly become your best study buddy. Accessed from doors throughout the first and second floors of Carrier, the stacks are in the middle of the building, with their own set of stairs inside! Take note of where you entered though – you can easily get lost due to the fact that there are 3 stack levels sandwiched into two Carrier floors.

3. The Makery in the basement of Carrier

Yes, The Makery is an awesome place to do awesome things, but you can also just hang out and study! Their computers have the entire Adobe Creative Suite on top of the other programs Libraries computers have. Edit video, create audio in the soundproof recording room, or let your group tag along to meet at the group project collab desk with super helpful staff close by. And yes, The Makery has a location in Rose Library, too!

4. Starbucks

If quiet spaces are not your thing, try grabbing a table in Starbucks! With the classic café sounds of clinking coffee-making tools and the scent of pastries wafting through the air, this is a great space for casual studying or short meetups.

Music Library

5. The “little” Gallery Underground

Need a library feel without wanting to go all the way to the library? Check out the Music Library! It’s in the basement of the Music Building and offers cozy seating, a printer, and even an art gallery to give your eyes a break from reading.

Rose Library

6. Flex space on the 3rd floor

Like a big breath of fresh air, studying in the flex space never gets old. Called the “flex” space because of its completely mobile chairs, tables, and whiteboards, there’s a chance it’ll never look exactly the same each time you go!

7. Hangout space on the 2nd floor

Do you need a study break every 5 minutes? We get it. Try this space on the second floor in Rose with magazines, games, and LEGO bricks!

8. Zenbooths on the 3rd floor

Take a deep breath, say “om,” and hop into one of our Zenbooths for an intense study session. With soundproofing, individual booth airflow systems, and adjustable desks, you can really get into the zone! You can now find Zenbooths on the 2nd floor of Carrier, too!

9. Swipe-in 24/7 space on the 1st floor

Big tables, group study rooms, a computer and printing lab, individual bathrooms, and vending machines? The 24/7 space in Rose Library is the all-nighter’s dream. Swipe into the side door (on the side of the building closest to Phys/Chem) at any hour and enjoy this always-available space.

10. Reservable study rooms

Need a place for your project group to meet next week? Reserve a group study room today! You can plan in advance and reserve a room that meets your needs, whether that’s a whiteboard, a TV to practice presentations, or just a room with a huge table.

11. The Nook

Tucked away on the third floor in Rose, step off the elevator, turn right, and walk until you find yourself in the nook. This small space offers great views of campus, big tables, and usually a whiteboard or two. It’s a calm space to work with a partner or get some solo homework done!

12. Evening quiet study spaces

After 5pm on weekdays, some of the classrooms in Rose and Carrier Libraries are freed up for studying! Just swipe in with your JACard for access to some really quiet space!

13. Balcony lounge on the 4th floor

Last but not least is some Libraries staff members’ personal favorite spot. If you’re standing in the flex space in Rose, look at the top of the stairs. You’ll be able to spot a small balcony with comfy chairs and a few coffee tables. This area combines all the openness of the flex space with the privacy of a study room.

14. And so many more!

Come explore our library spaces to find your own favorite spot!

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