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University of Colorado freshman Lindsay Marcus, left, and junior Jana Lange work on a match project together on Monday, April 22, at the Norlin Library on the CU campus in Boulder.

Although we wish it weren’t a part of college life, we all do have to study. Luckily, the University of Colorado campus has some great libraries, hidden study spots and rooftops that offer breathtaking views, where you can curl up with a text book.

Here are 10 great spots to get your studying done on the CU-Boulder campus.

Business library

Found on the bottom floor of the Koelbel building, the business library is in close proximity to most dorms, and has access to the much-needed Trep Café. It’s admittedly the perfect study place for business students, which can be an inconvenient trip for other majors if you don’t have a class in the building. Although sometimes overcrowded and noisy, it’s a good place to work on group projects with other students.

The music library

This library on the second floor of the Imig building is not a large library, and it isn’t easy to find, but it’s right between many dorms, various other academic buildings and it’s also near a bus stop. The music library can be a good place to get a quick assignment done, or to briefly meet with another classmate.

Rec Center

With the start of the new year, and consequently New Year’s resolutions, the CU Rec Center is perfect for getting back in shape in both body and mind. With an excellent approachable staff, and comfortable new locker rooms, burning through a couple chapters in “History of English Literature” should be as easy as getting in a quick workout. With its close proximity to the Biosciences building, some good mental exercise doesn’t have to be out of the question.

Earth sciences library

The Earth Sciences library is worth visiting, if for only a few minutes, so you know it’s there. While almost all of the materials in this library focus on geography and geology, there is a printer tucked away in the basement that can be handy if you’re in a hurry to get a paper printed. The location is very convenient.

Law library

If you need to get serious work done, the library in the Wolf Law building is the perfect place to knuckle down. Its location, in comparison to the rest of campus, isn’t great, but the advantage is that it contains all the resources necessary for being able to focus on writing that 20-page paper you’ve been procrastinating on.

Math library

The Math library is a terrific resource for stressed engineering students. Located close to the Engineering Center, but far away enough to escape professors and classmates, this library is comfortable and often less-crowded than other places on campus. The windows create a peaceful connection with the outside world, and the basement is quieter than most other buildings.


If you didn’t know already, there’s a library hidden away on the top floor of the Humanities building. It’s often locked, but can be the perfect study spot before the humanities class you’re required to take, and you can always ask the staff in the office across the hall to let you in. If you’re looking for a place with a view where you can curl up, look no further.

The Center For Community

Chances are you have already been to the C4C to eat. However if you haven’t tried to study there — either in the dining hall, or the downstairs WeatherTech Café — you’ve been missing out. The third-floor conference hall is also a great study spot, with a clear view of the mountains.

Norlin Library

FIRST: While Norlin can be a maze if you haven’t been, it’s worth finding the art wing of the library. The windows face Pleasant Street, leading to the gym, so as you study works by Rembrandt, you can watch all the other exhausted students go home from a 5 p.m. workout.

SECOND: The many other areas of the library open to students during the day leave opportunities to find resources to use for your studies. The third level of the library can often be crowded, and patrons are discouraged from eating, but if you plan ahead and go to Norlin during the middle of the semester rather than the end, there are far fewer students jamming the place.

THIRD: If you’re a freshman and you haven’t been to Norlin library, you’ve been wasting valuable time. Norlin, more specifically Norlin Commons, is typically the best resource on campus for students. With computers readily available, you can do everything you need to in one place. Talk to an OIT expert and — with a little know-how — you can connect your laptop directly to the library printers.


FIRST: The UMC main floor. With just enough sound to create ambiance, but not too much to be deafening, the main floor outside the Alfred Packer Grill is a perfect location to break the books open and get some learning done.

SECOND: The second floor of the UMC is sometimes a good location for studying — as well as the outside patio, which offers an excellent space to read without being disturbed by outside conversation, when the weather is pleasant, of course.

THIRD: The UMC roof is possibly the most memorable study space on campus.

As part of the very heart of town, this building’s fifth-floor roof is an outstanding place to feel in touch with the rest of Boulder. While getting through school, come here at least once, just for the view. You will be glad you did — even if you get nothing else done.

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