Final exams approaching! Studying in progress…

Contributed by Julie Brown, Technical Services Librarian

Are you looking for a quiet place to study? Look no further. The Thigpen Library can help you find that elusive, quiet place to study. The 2nd floor Silent Study Room is a comfortable setting that offers the solitude you are seeking for quiet study.

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How silent is “silent”? The expectations of this Silent Study Room:

  • NO talking/absolute silence
  • NO group work
  • NO loud keyboard clicks/laptops on silent
  • NO cell phones ringing (set phones to silent and take calls in the designated cell phone areas)
  • No music (quiet music with headphones /earbuds/ AirPods only)
  • If noise is ever a problem, please notify the library staff
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Silence sign posted in silent study room

What are the benefits of using the Silent Study Room? You will have a place to concentrate, problem solve and do other complex work in a noise free environment. The Silent Study Room is not only for Vol State students, faculty members have said that the Silent Study Room is a great place for grading papers.

Is the Silent Study Room a little too quiet for you? Do you need to work in a group or engage in quiet conversation? The library has a variety of spaces or “study zones” specified for different noise levels. Please see the designated study zone signs placed throughout the library. The library offers areas for quiet study and conversation-friendly zones. Study Rooms are available for 2-hour check-out on a first-come first-served basis, reservations are accepted. As an FYI, the Study Rooms are NOT sound proof, so be mindful of noise levels and respectful of others using the library. A Practice/Presentation Room is available for groups or individuals. You will find other areas for quiet study on the 2nd floor, including an abundance of tables and individual study carrels.

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The first floor computer lab is, by nature, a busy area with lots of foot traffic and moderate noise levels. This is considered a conversation friendly study zone but the expectation is for everyone to be courteous.

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The library is here to support your academic needs, whether it is a quiet place to focus without interruption or a place for scholastic conversation and engagement. ASK! The library staff are here to help.

Sipping at the Library, Free Coffee and Hot Chocolate

Monday, December 2nd and Tuesday, December 3rd stop by the Thigpen Library Lobby for a morning Java Jolt and/or an afternoon Cocoa Loco. Start your morning with a jolt of caffeine. Free coffee will be available Monday and Tuesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. (while supplies last). In the afternoon, stop by for your chocolate fix from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate (while supplies last).

The Thigpen Library staff sends best wishes as you complete this last week of classes and prepare for final exams next week.

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Contributed by Julie Brown

Fall Festival & Food Day

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Please join us October 24, 2019 on the Thigpen Plaza for fun, food and a lot of festivities. Thigpen Library, along with many student groups will be on the Plaza from 11:00am-2:00pm. Stop by to spin the Wheel of Knowledge for chances to win FREE meals from Dairy Queen of Gallatin! Look for us under the blue canopy.

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Image: Adobe Stock

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when we celebrate World Food Day and Halloween – the library has several displays with information on all of these topics. Remember any item on display is available for immediate check out! Don’t forget we also have a lot of great movies available through streaming services or on DVD.

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Image: United Feature Syndicate; Warner Home Video

As always, if you’re seeking information on any research topic or area of personal interest and can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, just ASK A LIBRARIAN for assistance.


Ask a Librarian 24/7 (yes, even when we are closed)!

Struggling at 2:00 A.M. with research for your assignment?
Panicking at 4:00 A.M. about citing credible sources in your paper?

No worries, just DM through Chat or Text us!

Any time day or night, research assistance is available from Vol State’s Thigpen Library website.

365 days/year     ~     24 hours/day     ~     7 days/week

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Whenever you use Thigpen Library’s online CHAT service or text your questions to 615-956-2ASK (2775), the first available librarian will answer you.

Use direct messaging via the Chat Now box to get assistance with:

  • Knowledge of library resources available to complete your research assignments
  • Tips to find & filter the correct sources that your assignment requires
  • Instruction using library databases to retrieve journal articles or the library’s online catalog to connect to e-books & streaming video
  • Help with the process of academic-level research
  • Search strategies including keyword & search term suggestions
  • Help evaluating a source’s credibility

Prefer to work directly with a Vol State Librarian?

The library offers one-on-one research help when you:

Need to borrow books, DVDs or technology like video cameras, graphing calculators, voice recorders or photo cameras?
Explore the host of services offered at Thigpen Library and all of Vol State’s campuses and sites!

Updated posting 9-30-2019, previously published by L Sheets 8-25-2017.