Ohio State has over 40,000 students enrolled. The free space in libraries is non-existent unless you sprint to the library right when it opens. When finals roll around, good luck even trying to breathe in the main libraries, which are 18th Avenue Library (what used to be known as SEL) and Thompson. Worry not dear students, since Ohio State is a spacious campus full of buildings half of us don’t even know the name of, there are so many other places for students to study. We picked out a few of my favorites.
Hopkins Hall Gallery
In Hopkins Hall there is an art gallery, just outside there is a room with tables, and I have never seen more than five students occupy the space. If you are looking for a quiet place to study with artsy, peaceful vibes, then Hopkins Hall Gallery is the place. There’s even a microwave for study snacks. If you need a study break you can peruse the gallery, as the exhibitions are free and open to the public. What better way to get the creative juices and productivity flowing?
Orton Hall Library
Some people know of Orton Hall Library and I’m not going to say it’s always empty, but it’s such a quaint environment that it had to be added it to this list. There is a lot of seating and it’s silent for the most part if you enjoy studying in quiet places. The scenery is reminicent of some sort of gothic, vintage chamber. The aesthetic is loads different from the modern vibes of Thompson and SEL. Right outside the library there is the Orton Geological Museum—talk about an interesting study break. Another perk is that Crane Café, located in Hagerty Hall, is only a building away so it’s easy to grab coffee and food before securing a study spot in Orton.
Prior Hall, which is home to the Health and Sciences Library, is a hidden treasure. I feel like I’m giving away the med students little secret by exposing this place, but I highly recommend this spot if you’re scrambling last minute to find a place to study for finals. No, you don’t have to have to be any type of science major to have access—trust me I’m the furthest thing from a from a science person and I study here. The first through the fifth floor have study areas. They’re typically opened from 7:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Denney Hall Student Lounge
Located on the fourth floor of Denney Hall there is a student study lounge. Denney Hall is home to the English Department, but you don’t need to be an English major to utilize this space. A major perk for every sleep deprived college student during finals is the free coffee the student lounge offers. This room is typically always empty too. Unfortunately, the hour’s kind of suck, as they are only open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. But for the free caffeine buzz, going here for a few hours is still worth it. Hours subject to change during finals!
Giant Eagle Market District
The market district is located off campus, 840 W 3rd Avenue Columbus, OH, 43212, but it’s worth the short drive from campus. Above the Starbucks in Giant Eagle there is a huge area full of tables for students to study. I have never had a problem finding a space during finals. This probably is a place for someone who enjoys some background noise while studying. I’ve gone here multiple times and then did my grocery shopping for the week right after—talk about convenient. Another key aspect for Giant Eagle Market District is the fact that it’s open 24 hours every day of the week.