Library Lookout

The Burlington Bumpkin

Katie Brobst, Assistant Life Editor

Some students go to the library to quickly print homework between classes. Others show up at 8 a.m. sharp and have to be shoved out by the closing staff.

As a member of the second group I can never get enough of Bailey/Howe Library.

There are so many amazing things about a place filled with books.

The Cyber Cafe draws lines of students every morning.

The expansion and connection to the new residence halls are letting in more light to the library. The windows are lined with seats and outlets.

Coffee, comfy chairs and a get-it-done energy runs throughout the building – what more could you ask for in a study spot?

Bailey/Howe is also home to six gender-inclusive bathrooms.

While studying downtown in a coffee shop is quaint, it often involves the purchase of an overpriced latte or fancy pastry, an eventual drain on any college student’s wallet.

Public cafes are also unpredictable environments: sometimes loud, sometimes dead.

For me, bistros, where I have to sit beside loud conversations about politics make it impossible to concentrate on homework.

And forget about studying in my room. Being in my room equals being in bed and that equals sleep becoming much more important than my numerous approaching deadlines.

The library is predictable. It is chatty on the first floor and quiet upstairs.

There always seems to be a new study spot to be discovered. Finding a new corner, a quiet cluster of desks or maybe even an undiscovered outlet is like an ongoing treasure hunt.

But the library is more than just a place to study.

The Writing Center is there to help with my essays. The reference desk, a wildly underused service, is there to help with research papers. And thousands upon thousands of books, newspapers and DVDs are at my fingertips.

Rent a camera, go to special collections or snag a book off the free shelves in the basement. The sheer amount of resources keeps me mesmerized until closing time.

I’ve often heard people complain about the ugliness of the building. It’s true, Bailey/Howe isn’t much to look at.

The old carpet, brick flowing into cement and narrow windows make it seem a bit dingy.

But the library isn’t here to please the eye. It’s here to enhance the mind, and it gives you the resources to do so.

Take a walk past the printers and into the belly of the building, or up to the third floor where the unofficial nap area resides. There’s just so much to learn and so many tools to use before graduation takes us away from this resource-rich environment.