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Calvin T. Ryan Library: A student's sanctuary
Ashley Leever
Antelope Staff
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Codie Milford, a freshman, takes a few minutes to regroup in the library during the stressful week before finals. The musical theatre major from Burlington, Colo., says he is definitely ready for that first year to wind down.

Your computer crashes, your roommate insists on blaring music throughout the house, you have nowhere to meet classmates for a group project. UNK’s Calvin T. Ryan Library has a solution for all these problems.

During the year, students seek a quiet place to get their homework and studying done without distractions. “I come to the library almost everyday to get stuff done. If I study at home, I tend to get distracted and take a lot of breaks. It’s easier for me to get stuff done here,” said Meghann Kennedy, a junior radiography major from Kearney.

The library is also a convenient place for students who live off campus to go in between their classes. “I come here between class to study and read. I’d rather study at home, but it’s a nice place to go to when I’m here,” said Justin Albers, a junior recreational management major from Pleasanton.

For some students, it’s nice to just have a place to relax in between classes. “It’s a comfortable, quiet place to study and get stuff done,” said Danielle Larsen, a senior English major from Grand Island.

The library has much more to offer than just a quiet place to study. With over 210,000 print titles and over 250,000 print volumes, 80 computers and 26 personnel, students always have access to a vast amount of knowledge and help.

“I come here two to three times a week mostly to get books and to study,” said Eliot Wondercheck, a junior philosophy major from Orchard.

For those students who don’t have easy access to the library, the library’s website subscribes to over 100 online databases that have up to 15,000 full-text periodicals. “I use the computers a lot to find books, and I use JSTOR a lot. It’s very convenient that I can even access it at home,” Larsen said.

Whether you need a late nigh study session, a place to gather with a study group or a quiet place to write an essay, the Calvin T. Ryan Library can provide you with all the resources a college student could need.


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