De-Stress Activities

Need a break from long hours of studying?  Give your mind a rest with one of our de-stress activities. 

Puzzles & Games

Shared puzzles have proven very popular with students.  Stop by and complete a lot, or a little, of the puzzle.  Puzzles are available in both the Geisel East & West Commons (2nd Floor), and are rotated regularly.

Chess and Scrabble tables are positioned near the windows in the Geisel East Learning Commons.  Special thanks to the Friends of the UCSD Libraries for the gift of the chess table in 2002, and to R.O.P. Cabinetmaking for creating it.

Coloring pages, mazes, and word searches are available in the pamphlet rack near the service desk in the East Commons.  Crayons and colored pencils are also available by request at the service desk. 

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Three large foam rollers are available in the Geisel East Commons for stretching and desk exercises. A handout showing several uses for the foam rollers is available in the pamphlet rack near the service desk and in PDF format, while details on a wealth of other uses can easily be found online. A second set of three foam rollers is available in the Brody Collaborative Space (Geisel 1st Floor Southwest).


Take-a-Break Mid-Terms De-stressors

Join your friends, make new ones, or come alone to Geisel’s East Commons on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during Weeks 4, 5, and 6 to take a break from studying and tests to build, color, create, and play. Dates for the Spring 2017 term were:

  • Construction Crew: April 25, May 2, and 9

  • Coloring Club: April 26, May 3, and 10

  • Game Group: April 27, May 4, and 11


Stress-Free Zone

From 7PM - 9PM on the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Finals Week, we offer an expanded ‘Stress-Free Zone’ in Group Study Room 2072 in Geisel’s East Commons.  The activities above are available then, along with many others.  Limited snacks are also provided.  Watch for details near the end of each term (excluding summer).  Dates for 2016-2017 were: 

  • December 5-7, 2016
  • March 20-22, 2017
  • June 12-14, 2017



Too much sitting? Take a walk with your book or laptop. Two WalkStations located in the Geisel East Commons feature low-speed treadmills with adjustable height worksurfaces. Book cradles and wrist rests are available for checkout in the Tech Lending Program

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Chair Massages

The Zone's Resources & Relaxation (R&R) Squad generally offers chair massages for students in one or two locations within Geisel Library each term. Starting week two during the active quarter, The Zone will be offering massages on Mondays from 5PM - 6PM in the Geisel East Commons. Contact Dorthea Stewart for details.


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