Power Through Finals


  • therapy dogs: December 12 and December 15, from noon to 3 p.m., on the first floor. The power of paws is real!
  • stress-relieving computer games: Three short, silent games created by UM computer science students can be accessed from a computer in the first floor reading room (near the puzzle table). You can check out a Wii game controller from the circulation desk.
  • board games and puzzles: We have Twister, Checkers, Mancala, Rubik’s Cube, and more.
  • phone and laptop chargers: Securely charge your phone using charging stations in the first floor reading room.
  • feel-good films: View our list of DVD picks for a movie break during finals.

Check out games, headphones, and charger cords from the circulation desk.

For a boost without leaving your seat, there are a number of stress reduction resources that are available online, which we’ve linked to on our blog. Click here for a list of these online resources, including controlled breathing exercises, meditation guides, videos with guided imagery, relaxing background music, and more.

Can’t find a quiet place to study during 24/7?

In addition to quiet space available in the stacks (floors 4-7 and 9), Richter has opened up the 3rd Floor Conference Room and Literacy Lab from Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 5 a.m., and over the weekends.

You can also find quiet study space in the reading rooms at Special Collections (8th floor) and the Cuban Heritage Collection (2nd floor) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Computers, laptops, and tablets are welcome in these spaces. However, please be aware that since both reading rooms hold distinctive collections, food and beverages are not permitted.

Study smart, and good luck!

From the Cutting Edge: Herman Beller Photograph Collection

Herman Beller (1899-1972) was a skilled metalwork entrepreneur in Cuba. With his wife Jennie, Beller settled in Havana, Cuba, in the 1920s. He began his career by manufacturing die-cast metalwork for replacement parts for machinery and later manufactured body frames for school buses and desks, furniture for public buildings, municipal lamps, bronze commemorative plaques, and sculptural works for installations throughout Cuba. As a member of Cuba’s Jewish community, Beller also created religious and ceremonial metal pieces. Beller and his family left Cuba in the 1960s and settled in Hollywood, Florida, where he resided for the rest of his life.


The Herman Beller Photograph Collection contains photographs of metal works produced by the Darden-Beller Company and Beller’s Havana-based company, Industrias Unidas de Cuba. The collection contains a large group of photographs particularly detailing his work at the Parque de la Fraternidad in Havana, one of the larger public works projects Beller undertook.


All photographs and objects in the collection have been digitized. For more information, please contact the Cuban Heritage Collection at 305-284-4900 or chc@miami.edu.