Make Each Trip to the Library More Productive

Make Each Trip to the Library More Productive
Make Each Trip to the Library More Productive
How many times have you visited the library only to realize that you forgot the books you wanted to return, the notebook with all your research, or even what questions you wanted to ask the reference librarian? Whether you attend a large university that houses the library a few miles from your dorm, or you live off campus and really have to be strategic about lining up your day, a wasted trip to the library can really offset your schedule and your studying. To make each trip to the library more productive, you’ll need to be more organized with your schedule and your goals.

Before going to the library, figure out why you’re actually going. That may seem obvious — to study or to research — but the more detailed you are with your goals for each library trip, the more you’ll get done, and in less time. Write down or store in your smart phone the reason — to pick up X book, read XX pages of reserve reading, and to meet your lab partner to swap outlines, for example — as a reference for when you get there. Collect all the material you’ll need to help you achieve those goals, and double check before you leave your room.

Once you walk in the door, you’re supposed to be flooded with inspiration, right? Seeing and smelling all those books and the other students hard at work should gear you up for a really efficient day at the library. But most of the time, when you first open the doors to your library, you’ll find students socializing at the cafe or standing in line to check out books. This is the toughest part of the library to break through: it’s what separates you from wasting time and getting to the part of the library where you’ll get some work done. Try to avoid looking for people as you walk by, and if you do run into someone, don’t sit down. Bring your own coffee or snack, and limit yourself to a "hello" and move on. Make plans to meet up later if you really have something to talk about.

If you prepare yourself ahead of time by outlining your goals and making sure you have all the right books, snacks, sweaters and notebooks to keep you comfortable and productive, you’ll end up spending less time at the library, and getting more out of each trip.
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