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Outside of Stapleton Library and the Hadley Union Building common area are among the popular places on campus where students like to study.

All students require their own go-to study environment to help them stay focused on seemingly endless amounts of homework and exams.

IUP offers students access to four floors of the library from 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

For students that need a little extra energy, the library also features Java City to grab a coffee or snack while studying.

There are other locations on campus for students to study, such as the benches in the Oak Grove, study rooms in the dorms, dining facilities, Starbucks, seating within department buildings or even the comfort of your own bed. 

Westley Stiffler (freshman, software engineering) likes to study from his dorm room. 

“There’s less people and noise to contend with,” he said.

Brennen Keating (freshman, math education) prefers the second or third floor in the library, but if he’s studying in a group, he prefers the study rooms in Wallwork.

“I like that it’s quiet on the second and third floor of the library,” Keating said. “It gets me out of my room, which I associate with sleeping and watching TV.”

Both Jared Swansboro (junior, English and vocal performance) and Meg Ryder (senior, English literature) agree they like studying at the Whitmyre Hall Honors College.

“I don’t feel lonely studying there,” Swansboro said. “I’m surrounded by my peers in the honors college.”

Ryder believes it feels “home-like” for her.

Vita Vanhausen (senior, psychology and LGBT studies) is another student that enjoys the second floor of the library. She usually sits on the lounge chairs at the entrance to the second floor next to the lamps.

“It’s comfy and quiet,” she said.

Quintin Helsel (sophomore, Spanish) likes the second floor of the library when he has a heavy course load of work and the first floor of the HSS by the windows in between classes.

“I like quiet places and having my own personal space, so I can’t sit inside the HSS if I have something that requires a lot of focus,” Helsel said. “There’s too much traffic, and that’s why I really like the library.”

Helsel believes the campus should have more secluded places to study other than the library and the dorms.

“I wish the HSS offered a little more seclusion. It gets noisy, especially at the entrance. I would love to be able to have my own area that doesn’t have so much foot traffic.”

There are even places off-campus that students can mingle to for a relaxing place to study while enjoying a cup of coffee. 

The Artists Hand Gallery & Espresso Bar has a variety of coffee and espresso drinks while also providing a calming atmosphere surrounded by artwork. Its hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday.

Commonplace Coffee also offers coffee and a place to focus, giving students an opportunity to “get in the zone.” Their hours are from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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