Spring DeStress Fest!!

It’s that time of the semester again! If preparing for finals or working on papers and group projects has you overwhelmed, the UGL can help…because it’s time for the Spring semester’s DeStress Fest, and we dare say that this will be the best one yet! Read on to learn more about all of the destressing activities you can participate in this Reading Day, Thursday May 2nd from 12-10pm. Once you spend the day with us you’ll feel like a new person with the power to take on any obstacle that the end of the semester throws your way.

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DeStress Fest Flyer

ProCRAFTination will take place throughout the entire day in the New Books Area. Three popular crafts will be returning from previous DeStress Fests and monthly ProCRAFTination nights. Come decorate a pet rock, make a button using our very own button maker, or color in a picture of Uggles and add it to our collage. Board games will also be offered all day in front of the Student Art Gallery, with a range of fun games you can play with us or bring your friends to.

As for our other events, we’re excited to announce a few activities that we’ve never offered at DeStress Fest before. From 12-5 p.m., come play chalk games or hula hoop with us outside the UGL entrance while we listen to some jams. From 3-5 p.m., you can participate in our Instagram-style Photo Booth in the Video Production Studio. Come take a solo or group pic with our DeStress Fest props and frames! For our final special event of the day, we’ll be hosting Jackbox Games in room 289 using our digital monitors and PS4. We’re excited to introduce and welcome back students to these different UGL spaces while having tons of fun!

Lastly, if you weren’t having enough fun already, everyone who participates in DeStress Fest will get a DeStress Fest Reward Card. Participate in at least three events and get your choice of some yummy candy (who doesn’t need a snack break while studying?).

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The DeStress Fest Reward Card

We can’t wait to spend the day with you and help you destress before finals. Also, there may just be a surprise at 8 p.m. in the UGL before DeStress Fest ends.

Written by Stephen Margelony-Lajoie,

Edited by Zander

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UGL’s 50th Anniversary Design Competition – Winners Announced!

In February, we posted a blog announcing an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students: the kickoff of a graphic design competition in celebration of the UGL’s 50th Anniversary! The competition guidelines asked undergraduate artists to create a unique design for the UGL@50 celebration which embodied an expression of the University of Illinois undergraduate student body.  After much time and deliberation, the results are in, the competition has come to a close, and winners have been chosen!

Judges looked for clarity, creative flare, and relevant representations of the UGL in the designs. Among many amazing entries, only three designers were awarded top rankings and prizes. Without further ado, we are excited to announce the winners of the UGL’s 50th Anniversary Design Competition:

 

In first place, Taylor Chism!

Taylor will win $100 and her design will be featured at the UGL@50 celebration this fall! Her design will also be printed on merchandise, so look for this design on t-shirts and mugs in the future. Great job, Taylor!

This is an image of the winning design, featuring corn, technology, and books.

1st place – “UGL”

Judges loved the incorporation of the past, present and future theme and multiple easter eggs, including the iconic corn from the Morrow plots, use of technology, and prevalence of books across all time periods.

 

In second place, Alexis Vasquez!

Alexis has won $50 and the honor of second place for her awesome design. Fantastic, Alexis!

This logo highlights the 50 years that the UGL has been opened.

2nd place – “50”

The clean lines and clear design of this entry made it a visually strong and appealing entry in the contest.

 

In third place, Sabas Padilla!

Sabas has won $25 for his third-place ranking. Congratulations, Sabas!

This image highlights the shape of the UGL

3rd place – “50 Years of UGL”

Corn made another appearance in this design, as well as excellent incorporation of the underground setting.

Thanks again to all of the applicants of the competition! Come and see all of the design submissions in the UGL Student Art Gallery this fall – all designs will be exhibited during the Fall 2019 semester.

For information about how to showcase your artwork at the UGL, contact undergrad@library.illinois.edu

 

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Edited by Lauren

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UGL Book Madness Bracket

This is a book bracket that students are welcome to fill out in the spirit of 'March Madness' - it features all of the books listed below!

UGL Book Madness Bracket

The Undergraduate Library has taken inspiration from March Madness, and in the spirit of the tournament we’ve created a 2018-2019 Book Madness bracket of some of our favorites published this year.

Meet the Books

 Fiction:

“An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones: “An American Marriage” is about family, love, and identity. It will captivate readers as it explores ideas about race and justice for an African American couple in the south.

“Girls Burn Brighter” by Shobha Rao: This novel spans from India to America, following the stories of two girls as they struggle against the expectations and circumstances of their lives. This book is a testament to the love found in true friendship as the girls-turned-women sacrifice and fight to find their way back to one another again.

Mystery:

“The Witch Elm” by Tana French: Tana French is one of the most well known current authors in the mystery/crime genre. With “The Witch Elm”, French delivers yet another chilling mystery for her readers to solve after a skull is found buried in a suitcase on an old family estate.

“The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle” by Stuart Turton: In this unique taste on a murder mystery, you are invited to a masquerade ball set at the country estate of the Hardcastle family. As guests arrive, one guest wakes up in a new body every day and must solve the murder of the daughter of the house, or be forced to live the same day over and over and over and…

Historical Fiction:

“The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah: The newest novel by bestselling author Kristin Hannah, “The Great Alone” tells the story of one struggling family in 1970’s Alaska. This is a story of survival, as the family faces dwindling resources in the winter wilderness as well as mental crisis during the long eighteenth hour nights.

“The Tattooist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris: What makes this novel especially compelling is that it’s based on the true story of the man who served as the tattooist of Auschwitz death camp for years during the Holocaust. While it is certainly a story about struggle and pain, the main message is one of love and human bravery.

Romance:

“The Kiss Quotient” by Helen Hoang: In this refreshing love story, successful business woman Stella Lane hires an escort to teach her all the ins and outs of dating. You see, Stella has Asperger’s and her business algorithms make more sense to her than french kissing. Can Stella let go of her no-nonsense logic long enough to learn about love?

“The Wedding Date” by Jasmine Guillory: Can you imagine agreeing to be a guy’s wedding date after getting stuck in an elevator together? That’s what happens in this fun and flirty debut novel where a fake date just may turn into something more.

Young Adult:

“Kingdom of Ash” by Sarah Maas: Sarah Maas’s “Throne of Glass” series has inspired and captivated readers with its epic fantasy setting and cast of beloved characters. “Kingdom of Ash” is the seventh installment full of faeries, witches, magic, and featuring a harrowing battle against an ancient evil.

“Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi: In this new series by a debut author magic, danger, and revenge tangle together as one girl goes on an epic journey to avenge her people.

Fantasy:

“Circe” by Madeline Miller: You don’t need to be familiar with the original myth to enjoy this feminist retelling of the ancient Greek sorceress Circe. Miller breathes new life into a tragic character from Greek mythology by allowing Circe to take control of her own story and perhaps even change her destiny.

“Spinning SIlver” by Naomi Novik: In “Spinning Silver,” Naomi Novik has captured the essence of Eastern European folklore while taking inspiration from the tale of Rumpelstiltskin. In this retelling, three brave young women discover love and friendship as they battle forces out of their control with help from a little magic.

Horror:

“Dracul” by J.D. Barker: “Dracul” is the first in a new series, fashioned to be the prequel of “Dracula.” This new series was inspired by notes and texts written by Bram Stoker himself, and features the author as a protagonist in the story.

“Baby Teeth” by Zoje Stage: This is a novel about a family gone wrong. Hannah loves Daddy, but Mommy stands in her way and she wants to be rid of her for good. Suzette struggles with her daughter and fears that something may be seriously wrong with her little girl, though her husband seems blind to the problems and the tricks their little girl plays.

Nonfiction:

“I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” by Michelle McNamara: This incredible true crime account was published after the death of Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist and detective who was determined to find and unmask the serial killer she called the Golden State Killer. Merely two months after its publication, police were able to finally make an arrest in the case after nearly thirty years.

“The Library Book” by Susan Orlean: “The Library Book” is one journalist’s investigation into the Los Angeles Public Library fire which occurred in 1986. The fire destroyed over 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more. This is a story of libraries and librarians, and of what libraries and books can mean to the greater communities around them.

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Edited by Lauren

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Undergraduate Excellence: Interview with Top 50 Super Smash Bros. Player, Tyroy

The Undergraduate Library is dedicated to supporting student research and achievements. We also enjoy recognizing undergraduate student success throughout students’ academic and personal journeys. Today, we would like to do just that.

We sat down to interview Tyler “Tyroy” Awdisho. Tyler is an undergraduate student studying Computer Science. He has been a student since the fall of 2015. He is also a professional Super Smash Bros. player, being globally ranked 39th in Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U, and all-time ranked 55th over the video game’s four-year competitive lifespan between 2014 and 2018.

Tyler has been competing in Smash Bros. since 2008 with the release of Super Smash Bros. Brawl and it has been his main competitive gaming series. While he was never ranked globally in Brawl, he has been ranked in two of the five Panda Global Rankings and on the all-time rankings for the Wii U iteration of the series. Within Illinois, Tyler has consistently been ranked top three in the state and #1 in Champaign. While there are no rankings so far for the newest game in the series, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Tyler has already been winning large events, including House of Paign 20: a regional Smash Bros. event that took place in the Illini Union.

The first display case of The Undergraduate Library Student Art Gallery with the current set of artwork.

Tyroy’s Panda Global Ranking player card for the 5th and final seasonal ranking.

Undergrad: How have you been able to compete nationally and then also be a student, and then what issues have come up while being a competitor and a student?

Tyler: Competing while a student—usually I only compete a couple days a week—so I try to go to regionals that are only one day or weekly events. Recently, I’ve been more focused on school so if I’m not feeling super confident where I’m standing with school work, I’ll skip weeklies; I used to not really do that.

I think playing competitively and school at the same time is doable, but it really depends on where you are in both because certain schedules can be harder than others in school. In the last year of Smash Four, I didn’t really have to practice at all ’cause I was already really good at the game and it didn’t change since there were no updates.

In Smash Ultimate, it’s a little different. I think it’s a little harder for me in the new game. I’m not doing poorly, I just do worse than I did before. It’s definitely a change of pace. It doesn’t hurt that much to do worse, and I guess I’m more mature about it—at least not needing to do well and sacrificing school for it.

I do think going to major events (any event that’s more than one day), is very hard to do in school if you don’t happen to have Fridays off. Even if you don’t have to skip any class, it’s really hard not to fall behind taking three days off of school. There were times when I was in school before where I went to a few multi-day events and it was definitely extremely stressful the whole time thinking about school and worrying about coming back. I don’t think it’s worth it anymore.

Undergrad: In what ways has being a competitor helped you be a student and what ways has being a student helped you be a competitor?

Tyler: I’d say a lot of school and Smash are similar in terms of getting better. When you’re at weeklies and in between big tournaments it’s almost like when you’re learning at school. It’s very easy to not do anything between classes because you’re not being tested. But when the test comes or the big assignment happens, you should have been doing something. When you’re at a major or taking a test and you’re like ‘am I ready for this?,’ it’s a similar sensation. You need to prepare for either.

Undergrad: Do you see a lot of people who may also be students or have a lot of similar traits or personalities to people you meet on campus at premier tournaments, especially considering you major in Computer Science?

Tyler: There’s definitely similarities to Comp Sci people and Smash people, but I don’t think—smash people aren’t necessarily—I don’t think the average Smasher that sticks around for awhile—like ranked people or long time players and PGR members—it’s actually weird how many aren’t gamers. Like nerdy, I guess. I’m not saying that there’s a lot that aren’t nerdy, but there’s a lot more [who are not gamers] than you’d expect. I’ve definitely talked to a pretty decent amount of Smash players that have never played a Nintendo game other than Smash Bros. That’s weird to me because I’d assume that smashers would be Nintendo fans. People are almost more nerdy in school—at least the people I know.

Undergrad: Is there anything else you’d like to say to other college students interested in competing or Smashers in general?

Tyler: I would just say it’s not as hard as you think it is. That’s an important thing. I think a lot of people assume that they’re farther away from being good than they are. There’s a lot of tiny things that matter a very very very high amount.

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We would like to thank Tyler for agreeing to sit down and interview with us.

Written by Zander

(This interview has been edited for clarity).

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The Undergraduate Library Announces the UGL 50th Anniversary Design Competition!

The Undergraduate Library 50th anniversary flyer for the Graphic Design Competition. Create the official UGL @50 design! 1st place receives 100 dollars. 2nd place receives 50 dollars. 3rd place receives 25 dollars. Submission deadline is April 10, 2019. Text is on a yellowish orange block on a white background.

The UGL@50 Design Contest!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Undergraduate Library at the University of Illinois! As we prepare to turn as golden as the corn in the Morrow Plots, we’re eagerly planning for an awesome celebration in Fall of 2019.  No UGL celebration would be complete without incorporating student creative voices, though, so we’re launching a special competition for aspiring graphic designers.  The UGL is inviting submissions for a commemorative graphic design which represents the look and theme for the UGL@50 celebration, and encapsulates the many roles the library serves in students’ lives.

Prizes will be awarded to the designers of the top three designs. The first-place design will become an enduring part of the UGL’s digital identity and it will be printed on multiple forms of commemorative items including t-shirts, mugs, and other swag! In addition, the first-place logo designer will receive $100, free UGL swag with their design printed on it, and a special invitation to the 50th anniversary celebration taking place in Fall 2019. The second and third-place designs will receive $50 and $25 prizes.

All submissions should reflect a relevant representation of the University of Illinois undergraduate student body, and should embody what the UGL experience means to you and your classmates. The design should celebrate elements from the past, present, and/or future of the UGL, should there be a future UGL. Designers should ask themselves how the UGL has affected their student experience and provide a design representative of their personal association with the library. Most of all, we want you to celebrate the longstanding of our underground gem!

Here are the contest guidelines:

  • The deadline for all submissions is April 10, 2019. Winners will be notified by April 20th.
  • Only current undergraduate students are eligible to compete.
  • Any design shape is permitted, but should scale easily for a variety of formats – including print, digital, and physical items like t-shirt and coffee cups.
  • Designers wishing to incorporate the official University of Illinois colors or ‘Block I’ into their design should refer to the University of Illinois brand guidelines.
  • Only one submission permitted per artist.
  • All entries must be submitted as PDF, PNG, TIFF, or JPEG images with high resolution. Designers are highly encouraged to save the original format.
  • Submitting your artwork will provide the UGL with the right to use your work in promotional materials. You will receive credit and ownership as the content creator. For full contest and ownership details, see the content submission form.
  • Read the full list of contest rules.

Need help getting started? Check out the following resources for some information and inspiration!

Please contact undergrad@library.illinois.edu with any questions.

Written by Annabel

Edited by Zander

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Illinois students’ artwork brings creative flair to the UGL’s Student Art Gallery

The first display case of The Undergraduate Library Student Art Gallery with the current set of artwork.

The Student Art Gallery’s first display case

For the past couple of months, artwork created by a handful of Illinois’ creative undergraduate students have filled the UGL’s Student Art Gallery after a call for student submissions during the Fall semester. The artistic works, ranging from collages to photography and paintings, have drawn the eyes of thousands of students, faculty and staff, community members, and all who visit the UGL.

Undergraduate Library graduate assistant, Stephen, was able to ask the artists a few questions about what inspired their featured work, their creativity in general, where we can see more of their work, and more.

Stephen: What was the inspiration behind your featured art? What inspires your art in general?

Yi Zhuang: Life is hard in college and will become even harder after graduation. I want to convey a sense of hope and light to encourage myself—maybe other people as well, if that’s possible. Some inexpressible words can be blended into a painting.

Taylor Chism: My inspiration for the pieces I put in the show and for much of the work I create is thinking about how much technology, media, big data, etc. is advancing and how we all interact with it on a daily basis. Much of technology we use today was nonexistent 30, 50 years ago, and it now influences our lives in huge ways. I also think about my work as another perspective of reality—in the way that the majority of society live their lives online—and seeing that as like its own digital world hidden within reality. I find it all fascinating, so I express this through my form of art. #DigitalChaos

A painting that references images of the a ride home on the 130s Silver Bus.

Grace Han’s “MTD Ride Home”

Stephen: What was the process like creating your submission?

Sammy Al-Asmar: Both of these were made on Photoshop. For the first one, I really had to push what I knew about my own design. I nearly made the green one look just like another artwork of mine and I got really sad. But I found out a way to make it different from something I have ever made before. For the second one, that came about as I was making a different graphic. I was taking a break because I was not enjoying it, and I then started to look at this photograph I took over the summer and just pushed it until I was tired of it. That was a good experience for me as it took me a short time to work on it, but I still knew how to exhaust myself in a shorter time to make something fulfilling for me rather than working a whole week straight and doubting myself.

A green background with Mais printed three times. Over the top is a black quarter with gold outlined text and rims with the heads side showing. The eyes are X'd out and 3 red lines go down from the eyes.

Sammy Al-Asmar’s “Beggars in Buenos Aires”

Sammy Al-Asmar’s “Beggars in Buenos Aires”

Ji Hyun Han: My paintings that are displayed in the Student Art Gallery were works from my painting classes. They vary work time from 2 to 3 weeks. For my 130 Silver bus painting, I used oil paint and for my “Battlefields” painting, I used acrylic to paint and other medium to make the surface three-dimensional. My bus painting was made with a reference photograph that I took myself. I carried a DSLR camera and walked around campus trying to capture some photographs for this project. On my way back home on the 130S Silver bus, I tried taking shots at random things like the pole with the stop button or the trash can. I was doing what I had to do, but everyone on that bus probably thought of me weirdly.

Stephen: Is there anything you’d want students and all of the U of I community to know about your featured art?

Emma Sielaff: I don’t really know… My art doesn’t really have a purpose—nor do I think most art does. I make art because it’s what I want to do, and because it’s what I feel is fun. I may be selfish in that way, but all art is.

Taylor Chism: Just to view it with an open mind and almost reflect on yourself about how much you spend attached to your devices or to think about how much your life may be influenced by technology and media

A huge thanks to the artists for contributing to both this blog post and adding beauty and unique sparks of creativity to the UGL’s Student Art Gallery. A full list of all artists currently featured in the Student Art Gallery and where you can find more of their work is below.

The second display case of the Undergraduate Student Art Gallery.

The Student Art Gallery’s second display case

Taylor Chism (TV Head, Digital Bus). Find more of their work at their Instagram or Facebook @majestic_platypus.

Grace Han (Battlefield, MTD Ride Home). Find more of their work at www.jihyungracehan.com.

Sammy Al-Asmar (Born Slippy, Beggars in Buenos Aires). Sammy’s work will soon be featured on the cover of The Collective Magazine. Their work can also be seen on their Instagram (@ibn.said) or at www.sammyalasmar.com.

Allison Garetto (Alma).

Yi Zhuang (Untitled).

Holly Situ (Untitled).

Emma Sielaff (In Wonderland, In Wonderland Part 2, & Land, Sky and Space).

Interview and blog post conducted and written by Stephen-Margelony-Lajoie

Edited by Zander

 

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DON’T DISTRESS, DE-STRESS AT THE UGL DE-STRESS FEST!

As the semester winds down, the intensity always ramps up. Don’t worry, the UGL has you covered. On Reading Day, Thursday December 13th, we have programming to help curb your stress with our semesterly De-Stress Fest! Choose your own adventure by looking at the categories of programming we have below. For a concise hourly schedule, see the image at the bottom, but be sure you stick around for 8:00p.m.…because you never know what Uggles has up her sleeves—er, paws.

Flyer for Destress Fest. Image shows a very distressed student.

It’s time to Destress!

Tackling that Final Research Paper or Project?

Starting at 12:00p.m. you can join the Writers Workshop in their “Long Night Against Procrastination” to fight the monsters that are your final writing projects. Research consultations will also have extended hours starting at 2:00p.m. until 10:00p.m. in the consultation corner. The Writers Workshop will close at 11:00p.m..

The Writers Workshop will also host several activities throughout the day in the UGL lobby for you word-nerds and grammar geeks (don’t worry, everyone at the library is one too!)

Need to take a break?

The graduate assistants hear you and we want to get crafty! Come procraftinate with us all day long from 12:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. and 5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. in the new books section of the UGL. We will have coloring pages, pet rock painting, and button making.  If you don’t have time to craft, pick up a de-stress bag full of word puzzles and brain teasers that you can use to take a break between flash cards, math problems, or book chapters!

Feeling competitive?

Come to room 289 to participate in a variety of board games, party games, and an Illini trivia session. If you can pin the tail on Uggles or beat a team of friends/strangers at trivia, you can win a small piece of sugary motivation. (Candy, the motivation is candy.) You can also play one of the board games out of the UGL board game collection!

If you’re into video games, we have that too. From 8:00p.m. to 10:00p.m. in the gaming center, come test your gamer skills on vintage games with classics like Mario Kart, Dr. Mario-Tetris, Street Fighter, and more!

Need to vent or manage your stress?

The Integrative Health and Wellness Team will be in the UGL front lobby from 12:00p.m. to 2:00p.m. and the McKinley Stress Management Peers will have stress balls available for free from 2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.

Want to escape the real world for a while?

We hear you, and we have just the people to help! Several members of the Pathfinder Society who know how to play the popular Dungeons & Dragons Pathfinder game will be around to answer your Pathfinder related questions from 4:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. in the UGL front lobby. Then you have a chance to use your new knowledge to play a beginners scenario in UGL Group Room 11 from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.

See our full schedule below!

The Destress Fest Full Schedule. The schedule in the image is the following. From noon to ten p.m., Trivia and Board Games in Room 289. From Noon until two p.m., Integrative Health and Wellness Team will be at the Front Tables. From Noon to four p.m. and five p.m. to eight p.m., Pet Rocks, Button Making, and Crafts in the new books area. From two p.m. to ten p.m., Research and Writing Consultations outside the Writer's Workshop. From two p.m. to four p.m., McKinley Stress Management Peers at the Front Tables. From four p.m. to six p.m., Creating your own revision vision board at the front tables. From six p.m. to eight p.m., Pathfinder Beginners Scenario in Group Room eleven and Word Games and Writing Handouts at the Front tables. At eight p.m. there is a surprise, and from eight p.m. to ten p.m. there is vintage video gaming in the Gaming Center.

The Schedule of events

Written by Paige

Edited by Zander

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Undergraduate Library Finals Hours

Finals are upon us but the UGL has got you covered. We are extending our hours! Starting December 9th, the Undergraduate Library will be open 24/7 until December 20th at 7pm.  Leave your snoring roommate behind and take advantage of the extra time to get ready for Finals.

Two images in one. The first image is a picture of a very angry cat with the text "When Finals Are Coming." The second is the same image as the first but deep fried with filters and laser eyes. The text reads "When the UGL Is Open 24 Hours For Finals"

Uggles is ready to nap overnight

While the library spaces and printers will be open, not all services will be offered during our extended hours. Below is a list of our service hours.

Circulation Desk – Open 24/7

  • Book check out
  • Expo Markers
  • Movies and Video Games
  • Course Reserves
  • Tabletop Games
  • Cash Printing

Loanable Tech Desk – Normal Hours

  • Sunday: 11:30am – 1:30a.m.
  • Monday-Thursday: 9:30a.m. – 1:30a.m.
  • Friday: 9:30a.m. – 8:30p.m.
  • Saturday: 11:30a.m. – 8:30p.m.

This includes but is not limited to

  • Charging Cables
  • Headphones
  • Laptops
  • HDMI cords

Espresso Royale – Various Hour Changes

  • Sunday, December 9th: 11:00a.m. – 12:00a.m.
  • Thursday, December 13th: 7:00a.m. – 12:00a.m.
  • Saturday, December 15th: 8:00a.m. – 12:00a.m.
  • Sunday December 16th: 8a.m. – 12:00a.m.
  • Thursday, December 20th: 8a.m. – 6:00p.m.
  • Friday, December 21st: 8a.m. – 1:00p.m.

Remember, after 10:00p.m., you will need your i-card to access the building. If you would like more information on our available services during these hours, please see our Service Hours.

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Study Spaces On Campus

Pick one of these movies, and we’ll tell you where to study!

Zombieland

An image of the Zombieland Movie Cover

Zombieland Movie Cover

UGL

What can we say? This time of year, we’re dead inside, but we’re still fun. You can come to the UGL on Reading Day for fun crafts and games, but also see the zombie-like shells of your fellow students studying for finals. We are here to help you feel as alive as possible when finals have you feeling less than human.

A gif of a character from Zombieland shrugging in agreement

Character from Zombieland shrugging in agreement

Apollo 13

An image of the Apollo 13 Movie Cover

Apollo 13 Movie Cover

Grainger

If you like this movie, you’ll love the Grainger aesthetic. As the Engineering library on campus, it has plenty of computers and study spaces for you to do some serious studying. There is also a virtual reality lounge and a 3D printer if you stop by the IDEA lab! Lovers of Apollo 13 will feel inspired to overcome their study woes. If Tom Hanks can get back to earth, you can conquer this final.

A gif of an Apollo 13 character giving thumbs up and saying good job

Man giving thumbs up and saying good job

Pride & Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice Move Cover

Pride and Prejudice Movie Cover

Literature and Languages Library

You are obviously a sophisticated studier. The tall ceilings and beautiful bookshelves at the Literature and Languages Library will compliment your classy style. Work on your finals while surrounded by beautiful books. If you finish, you can check one out! As Mr. Bingley says, “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!”

A gif of a Pride and Prejudice character happily reading a book

Pride and Prejudice character reading a book

A Quiet Place

An image of the A Quiet Place movie cover

A Quiet Place movie cover

At Home

If you like this movie, you like the comfort of your own home—away from any intense noises that could get you eaten by an alien. Want to know how to guarantee a quite study space? Stay within the comfort of your own room. Sometimes finals are meant to be defeated in silence.

A gif of a character from

Character from A Quiet Place putting finger to lips to shush other characters

 

BEFORE YOU GO:

Did you know you can get all of these movies at the UGL? Stop by and grab them, or another one from our collection, to get a break from the study marathon.

~authored by Andrea

~Edited by Lauren

 

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The UGL’s Guide to Fall Break

Who’s ready for fall break?

Image of Uggles laying on top of a fruit and vegetable basket

Uggles is allowed on the dining table

Whether you’re staying in the Champaign-Urbana area or traveling away, here are some UGL-approved ideas of how to spend your week of freedom before the final exam crunch begins!

Reading for FUN

A gif image of a cat reading

Plenty to read is available for you and your cat

Missing the good old days of summer when you could read what you wanted, not what your professor assigned? Before you head out of town, stop by the UGL to check out popular novels, graphic novels, and more.

  • Find out more about our Fiction collection, or browse our genre binders on the lower level.
  • If you have a specific book in mind, try searching the Library Catalog to see where to find it.
  • If you’re more of an e-book kind of person, check out our Finding Ebooks guide and find the book for you.

eAudio Books

Screenshot of the rb Digital library for Ebooks

The rb Digital ebook library

The library has an eAudio collection with thousands of audiobooks you can access to make tedious chores or long car rides less boring. Head to the link above for a guide to using this collection, or go straight to the library catalog listing. Once you click “Online Access,” you’ll be brought to a site called rb digital where you can browse or search for books.

Explore C-U

The Explore C-U homepage

Explore C-U

Whether you’re stuck on campus over break or just happen to have family in the area, check out Explore C-U, a University Library developed project that has stories and self-guided tour routes to learn more about the arts, culture, and history of Champaign-Urbana. Examples of tour include:

School Stuff

Maybe you’ve been putting off that research paper, or maybe you just really love your classes. Whatever the reason, know that you still have access to the library’s databases and resources when you’re out of town and off-campus!

Gif of a cat using a laptop and a mouse

Digital access to all of the library’s resources

Start from the library’s home page and find whatever database or journal you need. You’ll be prompted to log in with your NetID and password, then you are good to go. If this doesn’t work, pop in the Ask A Librarian chat on the library’s website for help or check out our guide on accessing databases off campus for other ways you can connect.

Take a little cat nap!

Gif of two very cuddly and very sleep cats yawning

A few extra cat naps over break will be welcome

Whatever you choose, we hope you enjoy the time off and come back refreshed and ready to tackle all of your end-of-semester projects and final exams.

~authored by Amy

~Edited by Zander

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