Sources of help during the run up to exams and how to support your wellbeing

A stressed student facing their open laptop and biting a yellow pencil in frustration. A pot of coloured pencils and the corner of a notebook is on the desk beside them.

The build-up to exams can be a very stressful time. To help with this, the University has an ‘Exam Wellbeing’ webpage full of helpful tips and advice, and offers support to address any challenges you may face.

The webpage includes a range of workshops available from the University Counselling Service & supportive resources, such as Podcasts.

Want to talk to someone during this stressful period? Take a look at the University’s Welfare & Support webpage, for information on how to contact:

Try one of our Mindful Activities

The Wellbeing Corner in the SSL, with a range of mindful activities you can try.

Take a break from studying in the SSL and try one of our mindful activities. In our Wellbeing Corner (located behind our computer area) you will find:

  • Mindful colouring books and colouring pencils
  • Puzzle books
  • Origami material and instructions guides and books
  • Jigsaw puzzle

Feel free to remove items from this area to use in the library but please return them there after use.

Bodleian Libraries Wellbeing in Trinity Term Events

Take a look at the Bodleian Libraries Wellbeing in the Libraries webpage for other libraries offering mindful activities and events taking place this term.

Llamas and alpacas on the Radcliffe Camera lawn.

Photo copyright of Bodleian Libraries

Take regular breaks

There are plenty of places to get food and drink close to the library:

A cup on the floor, daylight and greenery are in the background.

Manor Road Café

Serves hot food and drink:

Mon – Fri, 8:30am to 3:30pm

Vending Machines & Microwave

Café closed? There are vending machines located at the back of the balcony on the First Floor. There is also a microwave available for you to use there.

Water Fountain

Located behind the main building Reception desk.

Missing Bean Cafe

Serves hot drinks, pizza, sandwiches, pastries and homemade cakes.

Level 2, St Cross Building

Mon – Fri, 8:30am to 5pm

Manor Road picnic benches

Picnic benches are located at the front of the building, if you wish to sit outside.

Want to eat & drink while you study?

Although food is not allowed in the library, you can bring in bottled water and also hot drinks (as long as they are in a reusable cup with a lid).

Pop-Up Book Displays

We currently have two pop-up book displays around the corner from our issue desk.

A pop-up book display in the SSL on the theme of the importance of getting outside for your mental health.

Our first display focuses on the importance of getting outdoors for our mental health. Find inspiration for local walks via books & flyers (some are directly from the SSL & some around Oxfordshire). There are also titles exploring how nature heals us.

A pop-up book display in the SSL on the theme of exam support and wellbeing.

Our second display focuses on Exam support and wellbeing.

All the books are library use only, so please return them to the display after browsing.

Take a break outside

Person stood outside on a path (with their back to us) surrounded by greenery.

There are plently of green spaces close to the SSL for you to take a break in. Pick one of the flyers below up from the library entrance area.

Mao of green spaces close to the SSL: University Parks, Marston Cyclepath, Music Meadow, Holywell Cemetery, Botanical Gardens and Magdalene College Deer Park.


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