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September 24, 2011 10:40 AM

Campus Resources: The Music Library

In the spirit of sharing a complete and honest experience for your benefit, I will reluctantly admit that I got lost in Mainstacks. For those of you who are unaware, Mainstacks is the underground library. In its defense, itís a great place to study, mainly because itís as quiet as a tomb (pun completely intended). Needless to say, I have a great preference for libraries with an abundance of natural sunlight, wide open windows, and a spacious room with which to capture it all in. Therefore, the Music Library has quickly become one of my favorite haunts.

Natural sunlight aside, which it turns out of is very conducive to studying, the Music library has many other perks. One of them, perhaps the most important is low density. Might I add, there are TWO floors AND the lower floor also has floor length windows. Iím not entirely sure as to why it seems to be deserted half the time, but I feel no reason to complain since it means I get to sit at my favorite spot! Up a floor from the entrance and down a hallway sits a very plain black chair. The importance of said chair, is that itís the best place to sit to gain perspective. After long hours of poring over books, equations, and concepts itís easy to feel completely drained and out of sync with the outside world. Hence, the chair. Sit, breathe, re-center yourself.


Perk number two is the proximity to the Music Practice rooms! These are located in the building called Morrison sitting right next to the library and are available to ALL Cal students, regardless of major, year, or musical instrument. Regular Cal students are able to use these rooms on Mondays through Thursdays AFTER 4pm, Fridays AFTER 2pm, and Saturdays at ANY time. Heads up, when you walk in there and are unaffiliated with the music department in any form, you will be classified as a C user. Itís not a bad thing, it just means youíre not as special as the A and B users who get to use it for the entire time! Just kidding! Really though, those are the rules.

Location, location, location. The beauty of the study spaces aside, the Music Library, is located right across from Ramonaís, a small-ish cafeteria that serves awesome paninis, potstickers, chicken terriyaki, etc, and yes, they do take meal points. On your study break, feel free to meander the area and find your way to Strawberry creek, where you can sit and enjoy the outside, maybe relieve some stress about that next midterm or paper or life in general. I think one of the best things about studying here is that it provides the most balance. You can study, eat, and relax all within the same area, which makes the whole studying process so much better!


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