It's that time of the year again where students are date nights with the library. Yes, it is exam time, and everyone is looking to find that perfect spot where they can get their heads into their books and start to study / cram for the impending barrage of exams that are about to come their way. Being comfortable and settled in your surroundings is the key way to get some successful studying done.
UniversityHub has asked over 1,000 students to rate their schools based on a variety of areas. One area in particular was 'libraries and study space'. We have compiled a top 10 list of schools below and featured a great study spot from each one. You can explore the full rankings at UnviversityHub.ca.
Featured Study Spot: Harry Potter Room
The majority of Queen's students flock early in the morning, Starbucks lattes in hand, to secure a spot at the popular Stauffer Library. 'Stauff' is more of a social scene than a study space -- so if you want to get actual work done, try the 1923 Reading Room on the fourth floor. Dubbed the 'Harry Potter Room' by many students, you might need a bit of magic to get through exams.
Featured Study Spot: Birks Reading Room
Being one of the oldest universities in Canada, McGill has its fair share of incredible libraries: the natural-light-filled Law Library, the popular Schulich library, and the hipster-centric Redpath library.
Our featured hot spot is the Birks Reading Room. Situated on the second floor of the Birks Building this little gem is a home from home. Winter boots are not permitted, so you can bring your fluffy socks to relax in.
University of British Columbia - Vancouver Campus
Featured Study Spot: Law Library at Allard Hall
UBC students and alumni rated their libraries high enough to come third in our list. Whether it's the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre or the Chapman Learning Commons, the studious UBC folk have no shortage of places to go. The Law Library is just north of the IKB Learning Centre and is the newest and most modern study space on campus. The seats even recline!
Featured Study Spot: McPherson Library
UVic has been a true hidden gem in this year's rankings, and their libraries are some of the best in Canada. If you are looking to be part of a group study then head to the second floor of the McPherson Library, where it is buzzing with discussions. If you need some peace and quiet, then the basement and third floor has individual cubicles.
Featured Study Spot: John B. McNair Learning Commons
For those who don't know, UNB is the oldest English-speaking university in Canada. They have some great study spots around campus. You can study with a view at the SUB Blue Room Lounge, relax at the classy 'Red Room' at Harriet Irving Library, or enjoy the comfy leather armchairs at the John B. McNair Learning Commons.
Featured Study Spot: Grey Carpet (Entrance Level)
MTA controversially demolished one of their sacred libraries to build a new space on campus. The Ralph Pickard Bell Library space has carpet colours for each floor with the most exciting one being, ironically, the grey carpet. The grey carpet room is the room where you can practically live for the day and cram as much information into your head that you can.
Featured Study Spot: John Scott (MedSci) Library
Our featured spot is the John W. Scott Health Sciences Library, but the students just call it MedSci. The skylights fill this building with natural light to give you a good dose of Vitamin D when you are working hard. The large windows come in handy at night to remind you to go home and get some well-earned sleep.
Featured Study Spot: the Paws Room
This blows us away. The fourth floor in the Acadia Library has a place to help distress students who are worried about their upcoming exams. This spot, named the Paws Room, comes complete with --you guessed it -- dogs! Research has proven that stroking a dog reduces your stress levels and promotes happy endorphins so a great way to have a break from the books and find your inner calm, and indulge your love for dogs. Very innovative thinking, Acadia!
Featured Study Spot: Gryffindor Common Room
There are a whopping 44 libraries at U of T, so it's no surprise they made our top 10 list. Harry Potter fever seems to seeping through the schools in Canada, but the University of Toronto has nailed it. The third floor fireplace room has comfy chintz armchairs and a fireplace make the Graham Library Reading Room hands-down the coziest place to be on a cold day.
Featured Study Spot: Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience (DME) Lab.
Ryerson is an innovative place, so if you want to get creative with your studying, check out the SME Lab. Situated on the third floor of the Ryerson Library, the DME Lab brings a new and modern edge to the study experience. The lab boasts to have everything from 3D printers and scanners to an Oculus Rift, where you can get immersed in a digital virtual reality and of course learn at the same time. Students come here to study and play, a new way of promoting learning other than scanning books.
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The school: Queen's University The back story: They lived across the hall from each other in residence, and a few months later, discovered they all played different instruments. They began to jam together, and the rest was history. You know them for: "When The Night Feels My Song"
The school: Collège Stanislas (a private elementary and high school in Montreal) The back story: The two met in the mid-1990s when they were teens, and continued to work together while going to school in their hometown of Montreal — David Macklovitch (left) to McGill, and Patrick Gemayel, who pursued an accounting degree You know them for: "Jealous," "Fancy Footwork"
The school: McMaster University The back story: Four of the five original members of the band met — one after the other — during orientation week in 2004, they explained to McMaster Daily News. Soon, they started playing local clubs in Hamilton. You know them for: Ballad of Hugo Chavez", "Oh, The Boss is Coming!", "Come to Light", and "Leather Jacket".
The school: Etobicoke School of the Arts (a high school in Toronto) The back story: While there are many, many members of Broken Social Scene, some of the most high profile met back in high school — namely frontman Kevin Drew, Emily Haines (best known for Metric) and Amy Millan (best known for Stars). "Emily asked me in the first week of school to come into the practice rooms and sing harmonies with her. I learned to sing from her," Amy told Flare in 2013. You know them for: "Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl," "7/4 Shoreline," and the many offshoots of the band (Note: Oakwood Collegiate Institute is where many other members of the collective found each other, including James Shaw, Evan Cranley, Torquil Campbell and Chris Seligman.)
The school: Queen's University The back story: She played her first shows at open mic nights at Clark Hall Pub and the Grad Club (just like her brother, Matthew Barber), and her songs are now everywhere, including the "Orange Is The New Black" soundtrack You know her for: "Don't Go Easy," "Chances"
The school: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design The back story: The band had its first gig in the school cafeteria, (via NSCAD) in February, 1991. You know them for: "The Rest Of My Life," "The Other Man"
The school: University of Toronto The back story: A child prodigy with the violin, Pallett studied music at U of T and wrote two operas during his time there (he graduated in 2002). He's also amazingly connected within the Toronto music scene (and beyond), having played with everyone from Arcade Fire to Great Lake Swimmers to Snow Patrol. You know him for: "The Riverbed," Final Fantasy
The school: Queen's University The back story: Though Harmer was a member of Toronto band The Saddletramps while at Queen's, she quit to focus on her education — and then started writing her own songs and formed a band, Weeping Tile, with fellow Kingston musicians. (via The Canadian Encyclopedia) You know her for: "Basement Apartment," "Don't Get Your Back Up"
The school: Simon Fraser University The back story: Good's original folk band, the Rodchester Kings, was discovered at an open mic night at the university in 1992. While they had some early success, that band split up, and a new group (that would become famous) formed in 1995. You know him for: "Load Me Up," "Apparitions"
The school: Queen's University The back story: Mark Makoway (guitars) and Jeff Pearce (bass) first met at Queen's University while studying film; they then moved to Vancouver and hooked up with (Kingston natives) David Usher and Kevin Young to form Moist, along with Paul Wilcox. You know them for: "Push," "Breathe," "Silver"
The school: Memorial University of Newfoundland The back story: All four original members of the band got arts degrees from Memorial. Alan Doyle started by playing solo gigs around the campus and eventually in 1993, hooked up with the rest of the band. You know them for: "Ordinary Day," "When I'm Up (I Can't Get Down)"
The school: McGill University The back story: The group, all from Montreal, came together in a variety of ways, but frontman Sam Roberts and bassist James Hall both attended the university, and, Roberts say, it informed plenty of their work. “The sheer number of books and creative information coming and going was definitely feeding directly into what I was writing about," he told the school's alumni publication. You know them for: "Bridge to Nowhere," "Where Have All The Good People Gone?"
The school: Queen's University The back story: Though band members Mike O'Neill and Dave Ullrich grew up together in Oshawa, they didn't form a band (and call it The Inbreds) until they went to university together in Kingston in the early '90s (via Frizzballs) You know them for: "Any Sense of Time," "North Window"
The school: Concordia University The back story: Régine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry and original member Sarah Neufeld all went to Concordia — lead vocalist Win Butler went to McGill, so he met now-wife Chassagne while in Montreal. It was there they all started playing together. You know them for: "Reflektor," "Wake Up," "The Suburbs" Photo courtesy of Fro Knows Photo
The school: McGill University The back story: Kid Koala (Eric San) was DJing from a young age, but as he told Exclaim, "Montreal was a very nurturing environment for me." He would play at Gert's, the campus pub, and hand out samples of his music to fellow students. You know him for: "Third World Lover," "'8 Bit Blues"
The school: Saint Mary's University The back story: While at the school in Halifax, the artist (whose real name is Rich Terfry) started getting attention for his hip hop tunes. You know him for: "Wicked And Weird," "Heart of Stone,"
The school: Laval University The back story: While at school, the band won first place in a Montreal radio station's competition, leading to the release of their first album in 1993. You know them for: "Ma vie à l'heure," "Amalgame"
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