Key Library Essentials for the Perfect Study Session

The 10 Key Essentials for Library Lock-down and Finals Week

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Finals season is among us once again. I don’t know about you guys, but I always feel under-prepared when it comes to time for finals. Personally I always end up spending multiple days for hours and hours at a time, in the library. To me, the library is the place where I can get the most productive amount of work done. To make my time in the library a little more bearable, I have made a list of the key library essentials for finals week and long study sessions.

If you study somewhere other than the library, these library essentials still may help your study session a ton! Also let me know what library essentials you need during your finals week study sessions!

If you need study hacks and tips, check out my ultimate list of study hacks to help you pass every exam!

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way. All ideas and opinions are my own.

The Top 10 Key Library Essentials Needed for Finals Week

1. Caffeine

Chances are you’re going to need a little pick me up during your study session. My go to is definitely coffee! However there are also caffeinated teas, sodas, and energy drinks. Another good option is taking a B12 vitamin supplement. These things are life changers in college and are a great way to get extra energy. Plus its the healthiest way to do so!

2. Water

I never go anywhere without my water bottle and it is one of the best habits I have ever developed. Keeping yourself hydrated is SO important! Bring a water bottle, trust me.

3. Snacks

Not just any snacks. You need to bring a variety of things so you have options. Trying to study and focus is near impossible when you are hungry. But you don’t want to have to get up mid study session to go get some food.

Bring salty and sweet snacks that are full of vitamins and minerals. Eating healthy snacks will give you a natural boost of energy. Where if you ate junk food, it is likely to make you tired and unmotivated.

4. Chargers

This one is self-explanatory and so important. It is easily one of the most forgotten things on this list of library essentials. One of the worst things that could happen is to have your laptop die in the middle of studying.

5. Headphones

This one is SO important for me. In order for me to “get into the zone,” I need to have music on and all of the other noises completely blocked out. Make yourself a studying playlist that has some of your favorite songs that aren’t too distracting. If you are easily distracted you might want to try listening to music that doesn’t have any lyrics.

6. Sweatshirt and/or blanket

Oh My Gosh. I cannot tell you how many times I have forgotten a sweatshirt or blanket and my entire study session has been ruined! I am that person that is ALWAYS cold. If I am freezing and uncomfortable then there is NO WAY I will be productive and focused. So just bring one because you never know if you’ll need it.

7. Comfortable Shoes & Clothes

You’re going to the library to study, you’re not going to a fashion show or party. Just dress comfortable. That does NOT mean you have to look ugly. My comfortable outfits are some of my cutest! Get out your yoga pants, jeggings, or leggings. Get an oversized sweatshirt. Grab your comfy tennis and you’re ready to go. It might look like you are ready for the gym, but you’re cute and comfortable!

8. Notes/Books/Flashcards/Laptop (ONLY if needed)

I know what you’re saying… “obviously I’m going to bring my notes, books, and laptop.” Well I didn’t say that this was a list of things you didn’t already know to bring. It is clearly one of the key essentials of a study session, so hush.

Before you leave for the library or your study spot, stop and get organized. Make sure you know what you need to study and that you have ALL the materials you need. Also if you don’t need your laptop to study off of, don’t bring it!

9. Pencils, Highlighters, and Paper

Once again I know you already know to bring these things, but I had to include them because they are a library ESSENTIAL for a study session! Pencils and Highlighters to study and make notes about your notes. And don’t forget extra paper to write down extra important information.

10. Planner/To Do List

The last library essential I have for you all is your planner, to do list, or whatever you use to keep track of upcoming exams, papers, etc. If you don’t have a system, I recommend making a to do list. Even if it is a vague list, it helps a lot to have everything written down. Know what you need to study, how much time you should spend on each subject, and obviously when the exam or paper is due.


I hope these library essentials help you during your study sessions! Good luck on all of your exams, papers, etc.! && Please let me know what your library essentials are!


xoxo Manda Mae <3


Library Essentials for Finals Week


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