UT Library becomes 'Relaxation Center' for students

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Students at the University of Tennessee will see some relief for this week of final exams as the John C. Hodges Library is turned into a relaxation center.

Libraries Dean Steven Smith said in a statement posted on UT's website, "The UT libraries are trying to help students relax and recharge. Students spend many hours in the library, so we have a unique opportunity to help students engage with campus life and forge the personal connections that are as essential to academic success as books and computers."

Free chair massages will be offered by the Knoxville Massage Therapy Center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and therapy dogs from Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee will be calming students as they deal with a stressful week.

The relaxation center also includes a room full of games, sketch pads and comics and students can let out their stress on a graffiti walk sheet of paper running along the library's main hallway floor.

The relaxation center is also hosting an ice cream social Monday called "De-Stress for Success" from noon to 2 p.m.

The relaxation center closes Monday, May 7th.

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