Three Areas for Quiet Study


For many of us, it’s a strange situation: The new semester has begun, but Hale Library, which suffered catastrophic fire-related damage this summer, is closed. There’s no studying in the Great Room, no access to most of the collections, not even a single Einstein’s bagel in sight. It’s sad and even disorienting.

The library is doing a terrific job to rebuild and reinvent itself and keep us informed (see the library’s recovery blog at, but in the meantime, students across campus, especially English majors, are looking for places to study.

Here are three suggestions:

First, the English Department itself has taken over the second floor of the building known as ECS. That CS stood for Counseling Services, which are now located in Lafene. The second floor of ECS now offers a large quiet area for students, particularly during the regular school day (M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). We have plans to spiff the place up, but for now it’s a great place to stop and refresh and read some Shakespeare.


And, guess what? We have lots of outlets!


Second, the K-State Student Union is best 24-hour study option on campus:


The Union has lots of different seating options:


There’s printing for students, located right near the Cats’ Den convenience store:


And the library’s Help Desk has a branch right in the Union, across from Radina’s. Here’s a link to an information page about the library’s services in the Union and elsewhere this semester:


You can even get comfy next to a beautiful gas fireplace.


Third, my favorite building on campus is the newly refurbished architecture complex, which re-opened in the fall of 2017. It’s beautiful and cool (figuratively and literally, at least during the hot months), and it has an abundance of light-filled study areas. Unfortunately, this building is locked at night, but the doors are open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for all students to make use of this bright and even inspiring space.


Dan Hoyt, Professor

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