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University of South Carolina library 'too packed to study'

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A student at the University of South Carolina studies at Thomas Cooper Library in a group study room he reserved earlier that night. A student at the University of South Carolina studies at Thomas Cooper Library in a group study room he reserved earlier that night.
Brailey Johnson says she just cannot study at the library when there are people sitting on the floor trying to find a spot to study for their exams. Brailey Johnson says she just cannot study at the library when there are people sitting on the floor trying to find a spot to study for their exams.

 By: Emily Burke

    University of South Carolina students flock to the Thomas Cooper Library during finals week. Many of them struggle to find a quiet place to study for their exams.

    "If you want a table early in finals week you have to come at 10, 11 o'clock in the morning," said Michelle Meeder, a senior Biology major. 

    Library Director Beki Gettys acknowledges they need more study spaces and she's come up with a plan to help students before the start of finals week.

    "Existing furniture from that area, and more from our recently closed Business Library, increasing seating on nearly every level,"said Gettys. "We are excited to provide this additional seating in our main library, where collections, research assistance, tutoring and other services are available day and night."

    Sophomore Brailey Johnson says the additional seats will help, but she prefers to go somewhere else to study because it is hard to focus in a packed library.

    "When I try to come like on every single floor there is always a bunch of people and it makes it very difficult for me to to find a place to actually get some substantial studying done," said Johnson.

    The library has also implemented a new policy for booking private and group study rooms to try and allow students to reserve a quiet place to study before heading to the library. Students can reserve study rooms or private study carrels up to two weeks in advance.

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