Put your reading glasses on: scoping out Kent’s best study spots

The Library

The Kent State Library is quite possibly the quietest place on campus to study. So if a little background music at a coffee shop tends to distract you, this is the place to go. On the first floor, you will find a computer lab and a very helpful reference desk to answer any questions you may have. Among the other 11 floors, a never-ending amount of resources, including newspapers, archives, and government documents, awaits. To get away from roommates and other distractions, a lot of students choose to go to one of the upper floors of the library where there are large study tables and a quiet atmosphere. During the normal academic year, the library is open from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, with extended hours around finals week.


Starbucks Coffee, located on the corner of South Lincoln and Main, is an ideal place for coffee lovers to study. With a variety of background music and a friendly staff, it’s a great place to relax with your schoolwork. Tables are available on the main floor, and the upstairs provides more comfortable seating. Starbucks is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day.


The CyberCafe is located on the lower level of the student center. There are a dozen computers available, a fireplace, comfortable seating, a big screen television, three pool tables and Jazzman’s Cafe. It is also a great place to go between classes to warm up during the cold winter months. The CyberCafe is open from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Susan’s Coffee and Tea

Susan’s Coffee and Tea, located on Main Street next to Burger King, is a local coffee shop with a cozy feel and prices a bit cheaper than Starbucks. It is also a bigger inside with more seating and tables available. Susan’s is open from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Dorm Lounge

If you don’t feel like leaving your dorm, study lounges are always a great place to go to get out of your room. They are also open 24 hours a day, everyday, which is convenient when staying up late or pulling an all-nighter. Most of the lounges have a few desks in them along with comfortable seating.

-Amber Gallihar