By Lindsey Layman, Chattanooga, Tenn.– UTC’s library staff hopes to provide various activities during finals week to help students with relaxation, tension, and the general stress of exams.

Research guide Lane Wilkinson said the staff is planning to provide several services to students during finals week. An area for meditation or yoga, a primal scream area, and bubbles on the balcony add a little fun to studying, he said.

“In the past, we have usually set aside a couple rooms for study breaks,” Wilkinson said. These rooms were set up with cartoons and children’s breakfast cereals for students any time the library was open. There are also plans to have therapy dogs in the library for a few days, possibly every day. There has been scientific research showing that these dogs are helpful for high stress levels. “Nothing is set in stone yet,” Wilkinson said as everything is subject to Dean Jim Hicks’s approval.

The library will have extended hours during finals week to better serve students. Starting April 13 the library will open at 7:30 a.m. and a portion will be open until 2 a.m. through the week. More times can be found at www.utc.edu/library.

Samantha Bracey, Kodak, Tenn., freshman, said she plans to use the library to her full advantage during finals week, noting that she is especially interested in the primal scream area.

Bracey said she has found the new library very useful and that she visits it twice a week but she didn’t use the old library nearly as much. She said she enjoys the variety of study environments such as the group study rooms and the silent study areas.

“Flashcards are your friend and so is coffee,” Bracey said on her plans for studying.

Wilkinson says students should use the librarians as a source during finals week. “Our job is to help you get an A,” he said.

The library staff is waiting to hear if the Student Government Association is planning to host their usual study marathon.