Prep and finals weeks: Library hours and student activities

Nov 10, 2020

As the fall semester rapidly comes to a close with prep and finals weeks upon us, we remain committed to the health and safety of library visitors. Our goal continues to be to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to the greatest extent possible while continuing to provide access to library facilities and services on which the campus community depends.

Prep and Finals Weeks Hours

From Monday, Nov. 16 to Friday, Nov. 25, the library will remain open during normal semester business hours. We will maintain our welcoming and supportive presence, even in the absence of around-the-clock open hours, and offer an extensive lineup of student support and wellness activities in Parks Library throughout Prep and Finals Weeks.

Mindful Moments: Prep Week Student Wellness Activities

Monday, Nov. 16-Friday, Nov. 20

Is your mind full? Be Mindful. 

The library is conscious of the extraordinary circumstances presented for students this semester. In an effort to support our students, we’ve partnered with Student Health and Wellness to present a series of carefully considered, socially distanced wellness activities. Experts will lead simple and effective relaxation techniques to help students decompress each day during Prep Week. 27 seats are available for each time slot on a first come, first served basis. Activities will last 30-40 minutes, and face coverings are required.  

Activities will take place in the Parks Library Upper Rotunda (second floor) unless stated otherwise.


Monday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Simple Yoga

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

Thursday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.


Friday, Nov. 20, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Can’t attend? Check out these stress busting tips to power through the next few weeks.

Students are also encouraged to utilize the Mindfulness Room, located in Parks Library Room 297, as needed during business hours.

Snacks for Students (during Prep and Finals Weeks): Nourish Your Mind and Body

The library will offer coffee and individually packaged snacks on the first floor of Parks Library. Most evenings from November 16-24, students should be on the lookout at about 10:30 p.m. for complimentary coffee, snacks, and fruit. Personal pizzas will be distributed to some seating areas in the library around 10 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22, and Jimmy John’s sandwiches will be distributed to some students where they are studying around 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23 and Tuesday, Nov. 24.

WiFi and Technology

The library boasts reliable Internet access, and USB ports and electric outlets for devices are plentiful. Tech Lending will remain open during Prep and Finals Weeks, and students are encouraged to borrow battery banks, chargers, hot spots, and other equipment needed to finish the semester strong. To reserve technology, visit the Tech Lending website.


When students reach the point where they’ve had enough and need to sleep, they are encouraged to go home and get solid rest. Many people use the library each day and more during the next few weeks, so with student academic success, safety, and space as the main concerns, literally living at the library for the next two weeks is discouraged. Come early. Stay late. Go home to sleep.

Cyclones Care

We expect all who enter our doors to continue practicing the key healthy behaviors outlined by our Cyclones Care campaign:

  • Wear a face covering
  • Practice physical distancing
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often
  • Stay home when ill

Remember: Face coverings are required at all times throughout library facilities. To learn more about the library’s COVID-19 response and precautions, visit

Additional Spaces and Resources

Special Collections and University Archives will maintain regular hours. For additional information about hours, resources and services, visit the University Library website. For dining center information, visit the ISU Dining website. For campus IT information, visit the IT Solution Center website.