Study Spaces


Places to brave finals


Approaching the end of the fall semester, students set a plan preparing for their last exams and projects. Auburn University provides various studying places for students.

Ralph Brown Draughon Library

The largest library of Auburn University, Ralph Brown Draughon Library, better known as RBD, is connected with the Mell Classroom Building and provides individual and group study rooms. The 2nd and 4th floors of the library are designated as quiet studying areas. The library is also home to Panera Bread, which is a popular option for students that need a snack while studying. 

On the 2nd floor of the RBD, the Learning Commons provides 10 group study areas, 415 seats with whiteboards and 300 power outlets for individual and group study. 

Additionally, Mell and RBD Library provide private study rooms. 35 group study rooms are strategically placed throughout the buildings, complete with dry erase boards and outlets. These rooms are open for any students by reservation. Students can make a reservation with their Auburn University email address through the website. Students can choose the time, date, and capacity of the rooms, and they can use the study room for as long as they need (between 15 minutes and three hours) with one reservation per day.

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From now until the end of the fall 2021 semester, RBD Library is open 24 hours a day from Monday to Thursday, and it closes at 9 p.m. on Friday. For the weekends, it opens at 9 a.m. and closing time varies depending on the occasion. RBD and Mell will not be open during Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 21 to Nov. 27. For more information on library hours, check the website.

Harold D. Melton Student Center

Home to the office for student activities and various dining options like Chick-Fil-A and Starbucks, the Harold D. Melton Student Center has many great study areas. Harold D. Melton Student Center is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the weekend, and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on game days.

Explore the outdoors

Around the campus, many tables, chairs and benches are present outside the building. Rather than spending lots of time inside the building with artificial light, having some time with sunlight could be a refresher as students push through the end of the semester. 

With finals right around the corner, finding a study place where you feel comfortable and productive is essential. Auburn has many spaces, both known and hidden, that allow students to focus, whether they perform better in individual or shared spaces.