The Best Places for a Study Session in Binghamton

Posted by Lauren Kidd on September 29, 2020

Now that I am a senior at Binghamton, I can say that I have spent most of my undergraduate career studying on the second floor of Bartle. Once I found my perfect study spot, it really helped improve my study habits. While the coronavirus pandemic has affected some study spaces on campus, I went looking for those that are still available to students. If you’re still on the search for your spot or need a new place to study, here are some great places both on and off campus!

University Union Undergrounds

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Sunday-Thursday: 7 a.m-10 p.m.

Friday: 7 a.m-midnight

Saturday: 10 a.m-10 p.m.

If you’re looking for the place to be, it’s the newly remodeled Union Undergrounds. It’s an easily accessible space and works perfectly for those last-minute study sessions in between classes that we’re all guilty of. Whether you want to study with your friend or sit alone, there are all types of setups. It can get a little crowded and loud, but luckily there’s a room for quieter studying near the Food Co-Op.

Learning Lounge (formerly Newcomb Reading Room)

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Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m-11 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m-5 p.m.

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Noon-7 p.m. 

Welcome to the land of studying! Thanks to the relocation of the library reserves, there are now plenty of spaces to study in the Learning Lounge. There are desks in every corner of this room. Literally. There’s no way you won’t find a place to sit and study.

Glenn G. Bartle Library

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Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m-11 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m-5 p.m.

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Noon-7 p.m.

My favorite place to study on campus is the Hebrew and Arabic room on the second floor of Bartle. Things may look a little different, but I can assure you that there are still plenty of spaces to study! Trust me, I checked! If you’re looking for quieter study spaces, you’ll want to check out the East Reading Room, the North Reading Room, and the third and fourth floors. Study rooms on the second, third and fourth floors can be reserved here.

Science Library

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Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m-10 p.m.

Friday: 8:30 a.m-5 p.m.

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Noon-7 p.m.

If a quiet study space is a must-have, the Science Library is the place for you! Thanks to its location farther away from heavily populated buildings like the Union, this library is never crowded. Every time I have gone, there have only been a handful of students scattered around. There are always computers, desks and reservable study rooms available!

Success Centers

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Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m-11 p.m.    

Friday: 8:30 a.m-5 p.m.                         

Saturday: Closed                                   

Sunday: Noon-11 p.m.

Hinman

Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m-11 p.m.       

Friday: 9 a.m-5 p.m. 

Saturday: Closed    

Sunday: 1-11 p.m.

Mountainview

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m-8 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday: 11 a.m-8 p.m.

If libraries are too big for your taste, try out one of the study areas in the residential communities! Each of these centers has plenty of desks and chairs to study at. I used them a lot during my first year because they are great places if you need a quick study session and don’t want to journey too far from your residential hall.

CIW Library

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Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m-10 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m-6 p.m.

Saturday: Noon-6 p.m.

Sunday: Noon-10 p.m.

This tiny library is perfect for a cozy spot to study. Whatever subject you’re studying for, you can find the right setup for your needs. There are plenty of desks, and even study rooms with whiteboards. I used this library plenty of times during my sophomore and junior years because it’s super accessible for CIW residents.

Jazzman’s Corridor

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Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m-11 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m-5 p.m.

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Noon-7 p.m.

I have never ever seen an empty booth in the corridor near Jazzman’s. With easy access to coffee and the library, it’s no wonder that students love this perfect midpoint for studying. If your eyes are easily strained by studying, these booths are great for an occasional break to gaze out into the courtyard. Though capacity has been decreased in an effort to social distance, these booths are still a place where you can study and enjoy a treat from Jazzman’s.

Local interfaith organization buildings

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Hours vary by location

If you find yourself easily distracted while working from your room off campus like I do, check out some community study spaces! Many local interfaith organizations are offering study spaces for students. These include Temple Concord Mansion, Grace Point, Newman House, United Presbyterian Church, the Islamic Organization (mosque) and Christ the King Lutheran Church. You can visit their websites or call to find out about available study hours and how to make a reservation. 

Please keep the following in mind when you go to a study spot.

  • Wear a face covering or mask that covers both your nose and mouth at all times.
  • Follow social distancing practices by staying at least six feet apart from other people at all times.
  • Obey all signage, including floor decals for distancing and elevator capacity; and practice personal hygiene (i.e., washing hands frequently).
  • No food is allowed in the library; only drinks in covered containers are allowed until further notice. This helps ensure that visitors adhere to wearing a face covering or mask.

Look here for more study spots to check out!

Lauren Kidd is an intern in the Office of Media and Public Relations, and a senior majoring in creative writing and minoring in graphic design. She loves photography, writing and listening to music.

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