Weekly 5: Most unique places to study on campus


Countless hidden gems are all over campus. Forget about the obvious places to study and try finding a new place to get those brain juices flowing.

1. Education in Zion gallery

Located on the second floor of the JFSB, the Education in Zion gallery is home to stories and photos dedicated to learning. The gallery offers small sitting sections where students can relax and enjoy the serene setting.

“This is a quiet and peaceful place to study,” said Kailey Weight, an exercise and wellness major. “I don’t think think there is a more beautiful building on campus.”

The gallery is open for students to study in, but discourages cell phone conversations and loud noises. Students can also take a break from studying to participate in one of the daily tours starting on the first floor in the JFSB at 1 p.m.

2. Franklin S. Harris Fine Arts Center basement

The HFAC holds theaters, music rooms, galleries and classrooms. However, the basement, full of turns, break-offs and dead-ends, can give students a secluded place to study if they search for it.

Donnette Perkins, BYU’s costume shop manager, whose workplace is located in the basement of the HFAC, stated the benefits of being located there.

“The advantage is that on busy weeks, like education week, we don’t have any issues with the crowds,” Perkins said. “Unless, of course, someone gets lost.”

Although there are no specific seats or lounging areas in the HFAC basement, students can easily find places to pull out a laptop or notebook. Indulge in the spirit of adventure by escaping to the basement of the HFAC to find a unique place to study.

3. Howard W. Hunter Law Library

Located on the west side of campus in the J. Rueben Clark Building, the Howard W. Hunter Law Library is a great place for students to connect with their inner lawyer. The state-of-the-art law library offers over 330,000 volumes for students to access.

Students can take a break from the HBLL to find a different library that offers great study sections, lots of resources and a quiet location.

4. L. Tom Perry Special Collections

Surrounded by a rare collection of paintings, writings and artifacts, students can find inspiration for their own work by studying in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections area. Located on the first floor of the HBLL, L. Tom. Perry Special Collections has its own set of rules for students entering the designated reading room.

“For some materials being viewed, students need to meet with a curator for an interview beforehand,” said Jessica Allred, a  health science major. “No backpacks are allowed in the reading room either. Things must be left in a locker.”

Students can still enjoy the ambiance of L. Tom Perry Special Collections from a study room to the left of the entrance that does not require students to check in their backpacks.

5. HBLL fourth floor women’s bathroom

The women’s bathroom on the fourth floor of the HBLL offers chairs and couches to study in. Known to few and welcoming to all, this extra room in the bathroom offers women a quiet place to relax and study. With a big window to make the room feel inviting and light, this secluded area is one of BYU’s hidden havens to study.

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