College library hours are usually around the clock, seven days a week. So when’s the best time to go? The answer to that depends on what kind of student you are, and what your sleeping habits are like. The most important thing about figuring out when to go to the library is to know yourself!
If you know that you are a night owl like me and that you like to sleep in, it obviously is not a good idea to hit the library first thing in the morning. I can’t even count how many times I hit the snooze button when my alarm went off and subsequently missed out on my scheduled library time all together.
Just don’t be unrealistic! If you like to go to bed early, you shouldn’t go to the library to try to pull an all-nighter. Whenever my roommate (an “early to bed, early to rise” type) attempted that, she would dose off and end up waking up in the library five hours later.
On the other hand, if you are a morning person like my roommate, in the morning before or after class is the perfect time to go to the library. The early morning is usually the time when the library is the least crowded (given the average college student’s sleep habits), so you can be sure that you will get a great spot and that it won’t be hot and crowded.
If you tend to keep a fairly normal sleep schedule and have early classes, the middle of the day can be another excellent time to hit the books. That is what I did during my second year of college. Other people were often at lunch at this time, so I found that it was not too crowded.
Finally, I have two more tips for getting the most out of your college library hours: scope out study spots and don’t wait to use the community printer!
I was always sure to scope out other great study spots that I could utilize during exams. College library hours may be 24/7, but the library will still be crowded at all times during finals. I always found that the library was jam packed during exam season, and that it was often hard and stressful to get a seat. To remedy this, every time I was planning to go to the library with a group, I tried to reserve a study room. It is often difficult to find a space that will accommodate a larger group of people with no notice, so this foresight can make all the difference.
Also, because I did not have a personal printer during college, I did the majority of my printing in the library. Do not, I repeat, do not go to print your paper right before class. Since colleges operate on fixed schedules, everyone else will be trying to print out their paper, too. I made sure to print out my paper the night before it was due. This way, I was sure that I could hand it in on time and had the extra time should any printing issues arrive.
Be smart, schedule out your library time and stick to it!
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