Stressbusters and end-of-semester services

Resources to help your mental, physical and general wellbeing throughout the academic year. Explore the navigation on the left to find more.

Library hours during the end of semester

Extended study hours for finals

Walter Library (east bank): (view more hours)
Walter Library will be open 24/7 starting at 8 am on Friday, Dec 8 to 6 pm to Thursday, December 21. Note: Only the second floor is open during extended study hours. (To enter the building during extended hours use your UCard at the small, gray scanner box at the middle door on the Mall slide or on left railing on Pleasant St. entrances).  

Magrath Library (St. Paul): (view hours)
Extended study area: Monday-Thursday 7am to 2am; Friday's 7am to midnight; Saturday's 10am to midnight; Sunday's 10am to 2am. (bring your Ucard)

Other libraries open regular semester hours 

Wilson Library (west bank): (view more hours): 
Monday-Thursday 8am-10pm; Friday's 8am-6pm; Saturday's 10am-6pm; Sunday's Noon-10 p.m.

Health Sciences Library (east bank): (view more hours): 
Monday-Thursday 8am-9pm; Friday's 8am-6pm; Saturday's Noon-6pm; Sunday's Noon-9pm

Tip: Bring your U card and make a plan for a free walk to your residence hall, bus, apartment, or car after you are done studying! Available 24/7 from 624-WALK (612-624-9255) or try the Rave Guardian Campus Safety App.

Surviving finals and research papers

What are your end of semester goals? Do you want to be more productive? Get motivated?

Join us and register for a free online workshop:

Take a Break: PAWS at Wilson Library

Monthly PAWS sessions at Wilson Library feature registered therapy animal teams—including dogs, chickens, and other domestic animals like cats and rabbits—that you are welcome to interact with and pet. No registration or fee — just show up and pet away. 

Try PAWS (Pet Away Worry & Stress) at Wilson Library on Thurs, Nov 30 AND Thurs, Dec 14 from 11:30 AM - 1:30PM with registered therapy animal teams—including dogs, bunnies, and chickens.

Tea & Treats at the Health Sciences Library 

Join us for Stressbusters Tea & Treats on Dec 14 and Dec 15 from 11:00am-2:00pm at our service desk on the 5th floor of PWB. Need a complete break from cramming? Check out the HSL Makerspace for button making, 3D printing, vinyl stickers, sewing, or to make a card. The VR Studio is also open for enjoying gaming apps, along with tai chi, meditation, and other stress relieving/wellness apps. The Makerspace and VR Studio are open Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00-7:00pm and Wednesday and Friday from 12:00-5:00pm.


Join us! Bring a friend! Long Night Against Procrastination

Join us for: UMN Libraries Long Night Against Procrastination

Wednesday, December 6 anytime from 6:30pm to 9:30pm 

Wilson Library (West Bank)

Do you have a final project you’re working on? Are you catching up on assignments before the end of the semester? Just need to focus?

Join us for a Long Night Against Procrastination! Get stuff done during structured work time and built-in study breaks with snacks and activities. Don’t miss the late night pizza! Bring your friends and something to work on.

Exam Jam - Peer tutoring

Exam Jam.


Find extra tutoring, writing help, study workshops, and other resources to help you succeed, all available at no cost. Learn more about Exam Jam.

Peer Tutoring

Finish the semester strong by spending time with a peer tutor!  Additional tutoring hours are available in December. 

Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE)

MCAE tutors are available to help you prepare for finals. Schedule your session now! Join MCAE for "Late Night Study" on TBD in Appleby 140. Come grab some snacks and study for finals with MCAE! Tutors for Econ, Math, CSCI, English, and Writing will be present!

Student Writing Support

Writing consultations are available to refine those final papers. Schedule an appointment before times fill up, and be sure to check regularly for the possibility of new and same-day appointments in the event of cancellations or rescheduling.

Sensory room in Wilson Library

The University Libraries is excited to welcome the first on-campus Sensory Room. This space promotes calm and focus, especially for people who are overwhelmed by sensory input, and/or those who need a sensory outlet to maintain focus. It can also just be a relaxing place to work individually or with others.

The Sensory Room is available to all students and employees of the University and includes adjustable lighting, a sit/stand desk, exercise ball, fidgets, weighted lap pad, wobble seat, pillows, and more. The space is in the basement of Wilson Library (West Bank) and can be reserved for up to two hours per day. Check out the room key at the first-floor service desk at the time of your reservation.

The sensory room was created in response to a student request and designed with student input throughout the process. Contact Lacie McMillin with questions or feedback.

We're here for you!

The Libraries are still here to help you de-stress throughout the academic year, especially during midterms and finals! While we aren't able to provide our usual activities, this guide contains some ideas we've come up with for helping you relax between your study sessions.

Check out the list of activities and let us know which are most helpful by connecting with us on social media. 


Types of self-care

Last Updated: Feb 8, 2024 4:16 PM