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Libraries… the one place on a college campus where silence is encouraged (sometimes) and there are students truly trying to get some work done. Though libraries seem to be going out of style, there are still some amazing benefits to libraries as a whole. And, the library at College of Charleston demonstrates this particularly well.

1. Special Events

Throughout the semester, College of Charleston hosts tons of events in the library. Sometimes these are readings by guest speakers or authors. On other occasions, the library is used to showcase student work and research. During Finals Week, the library is used as a spot for students to relax with puppies and drink free cups of coffee!

2. Books (Yes, REAL Books) and Resources

The library is absolutely full of books. There are hundreds of thousands of books, collections, poems… any resource that a student may need. There are even rocks for geology classes! The library truly is meant to help students achieve their academic goals.

3. Academic Support

The library is home to the Tutoring Center. Here, students have the opportunity (for free) to work with qualified student tutors and professors if they’re struggling in specific classes. For some topics, such as math, no appointment is required! Each tutoring lab contains textbooks, laptops, and so many other resources.

4. Places for Breaks

The library isn’t always used to study, though! The first floor permits talking, and there is oftentimes a lot of it! The library is a great place to students to meet up for a cup of coffee – especially during the weekends, as it’s generally empty. For a study break, just walk outside… there’s a fountain, green space, and an outdoor seating area! The library is the perfect place to balance work and study breaks.

Ultimately, the library at College of Charleston is not only beneficial to its students, but also to the general public. Aside from a place to escape the heat in the summer and the cold in the winter, this library hosts special events that showcase student talents. Within its walls, there are endless resources, from technical support to thousands of books. There is academic support for students who are struggling. And, there’s a beautiful area outside for breaks when studying is done! What else could a student ask for?


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Kyra Swartz

I am a sophomore at the Honors College at College of Charleston. There I am a double major in Early Childhood Education and English with a concentration in Creative Writing!


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