Winter Break Hours

Finals week is here! This means therapy dogs, all-nighters, and the arrival of winter break. The UGL will have reduced hours for winter break. Stop in before Friday at 7pm to get some DVD’s or books to keep you busy during your well-deserved break!

Have a great winter! Photo courtesy of Matt Shalvatis via Flickr Media Commons

Have a great winter break! Photo courtesy of Matt Shalvatis via Flickr Media Commons

The UGL hours for winter break are:

-We close on Friday, December 18 at 7pm and re-open on Monday, December 21 at 8:30am.

-From Monday, December 21 to Wednesday, December 23 we are open from 8:30AM-5PM.

-We are closed Thursday, December 24 through Monday, January 4 (2016).

-Once the UGL opens on January 4 at 8:30 am, we will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30AM-5PM.

-The library will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Day, but will open Tuesday, January 19 at 8am.

Good luck with finals and have a wonderful winter break!

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Keeping Warm and beating the Polar Vortex

Fellow UGLers, it seems like the polar vortex is bringing us down. Do you find yourself at home, wrapped in a blanket, and looking out the window thinking, “There is nothing to do?” Have no fear; the UGL is here to give a couple of suggestions to keep warm on campus this winter.

The UIUC greenhouse is full of tropical plants.

The plant Biology Greenhouse. Courtesy of the UIUC Plant Biology Greenhouse Center

Make sure to check out the plant biology greenhouses right here on campus! The extreme weather is no reason why you should not enjoy some nature. Be sure to check out what events and open hours they have.

We’re all counting down the days until summer, but in the mean time, check out what the recreational centers have to offer. The ARC offers a climbing wall, swimming pools, and -wait for it – the best part, a 35-person sauna. That ought to warm you right up.

The 35-foot indoor climbing wall at the ARC. Photo courtesy of the UIUC Recreational Center

CRCE also offers a hot tub, an indoor swimming pool, and a 12-person spa. This sounds like the perfect way to relax on the cold days up ahead.

CRCE Pool  has a waterslide and a weird volcano fountain thing

CRCE Swimming Pool. Photo Courtesy of the UIUC Recreational Center

If swimming or rock climbing isn’t your cup of tea, there are always exercise machines and you are sure to build up a sweat.

The Illini Union holds many events throughout the school year. Past events have been trivia nights, ballroom dancing events, and much more. Also, the Union has a recreational room in the basement. The UGL always supports a good underground attraction. Grab a friend and go bowling for the night! Check out the Union calendar here.

Sometimes, you can bowl with everything lit by blacklights.

Bowling at the Illini Union Rec Room. Photo Courtesy of the Illini Union

The campus observatory holds open house hours. It is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of a clear night sky, while observing from indoors. Be sure to bring a friend and a thermos of hot chocolate.  For more information, visit the observatory webpage.

The Campus Observatory holds open house hours. Photo Courtesy of the UIUC Campus Observatory

So there you have it, Club UGL, just a couple of things around campus where you can keep warm while having some fun. Also, don’t forget that the UGL and other campus libraries are (usually) warm, so come see us to stay toasty while studying.

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