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Study in a Cage

By Corinne Burgermeister

Do you remember being on a campus tour senior year of high school and hearing the tour guide say something along the lines of:

“And behind us is Memorial Library. Students who study here have the option to lock themselves in cages.”

Memorial Library UW Madison

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At the time, I didn’t know if this was considered a fun fact or a scare tactic. Why in the world would you ever lock yourself in a cage? How big is this cage? Who holds the key?

Memorial Library, dedicated to those who served in the armed forces,  is the single largest collection in the state of Wisconsin and is arguably one the most popular libraries among students, and with good reason.

Home to nine floors of world class collections, books and 2,327 study spots, there is room here for everyone. According to Memorial’s website, it houses more than million volumes on 78.5 miles of shelving and contains materials in more than 350 languages.

Back to the whole cage thing.

Over my years here, I’ve come to learn that Memorial is the place to go when you want to get things done. And if you really want to get things done, you put yourself in  a cage.

This post was originally going to be called, “Lock yourself in a cage,” but you must be in graduate school to reserve one. No worries, though. Locked or unlocked, sitting in solitude in a cage, is motivation enough.

Memorial Library CagesEach cage consists of the bare minimal: a single person desk complete with an outlet and lamp. And maybe a window if you’re lucky. The area is near silent, and it’s so much easier to be productive as no one else is there to distract you.

If you do need an occasional break and are looking for a distraction, pick up a book! I am always surprised by the variety I find when walking through the Memorial Library stacks. Although my favorite place in the library is the Department of Special Collections, home to rare books and collections, located on the ninth floor.

Study Strong!


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