Club Weldon study session

Students get together on the first floor of Weldon Library for a group study session on June 16, 2017.

Around campus there have been murmurs of Club Weldon, and one day you stumble upon this huge cement, prison-esque building. People are running in and out its doors, and you see a never-ending room of wooden tables. Now that your newly acquainted with the library, there’s a crucial obstacle to face: which floor do you go to?

If you were anything like me in my first year, the first couple times you go to Weldon are rough. I couldn't find the elevators, didn't know which floors allowed food and which floors I could talk on. 

So first years, here's your VIP introduction to Western University's very own Club Weldon.

Ground floor: map and data centre periodicals and newspapers and microfilm centre

Noise level: divided into silent- and quiet-study zones

Food and beverages: only lidded drinks allowed except in the map and data centre — no food or drinks there.

The ground floor is where you will most likely be heading for all your research needs. It holds the periodicals, microfilms, atlases and aerial photo collections. It's a pretty great floor with an open concept and three rooms with completely different feels. It also has wheelchair accessible bathrooms.

The periodicals section has windows that provide constant natural light into the basement of the library, but the limited amount of outlets makes one wonder about the popularity of this floor. While the tables with outlets are great, if you do not get there at 9 a.m. in the morning, you’re pretty much out of luck.

The map and data centre also features two study rooms you can book out on the Weldon website

First floor: government publications reference 

Noise level: divided into quiet-study and conversation-friendly zones

Food and beverages: You can eat and drink at Argo Tea Cafe, otherwise only lidded drinks are allowed

This floor offers a lot. The front features tons of computers if you like using two screens and has the help desk if you need a librarian to help you find any books or resources.

The front of the library features tables against the window behind the printers. These are usually pretty noisy as people are walking in and out out of the library. To the left, there's the writing centre where you can pop in for some essay writing help.

At the back of the first floor is a bright, white room classified as a quiet-study zone. But be aware, it's difficult to find a table with an outlet.

Second floor: stacks

Noise level: mostly a conversation-friendly zone

Food and beverages: only lidded drinks

Floor two is a great place to book a study room. This is the talking floor of Weldon where many large groups go to study and catch up on notes.

Be aware, there are extremely comfortable seats in the round booths on this floor, which may make you want to fall asleep. Overall advice: stick to the second floor when it is not midterm, essay or exam season.

Third floor: stacks 

Noise level: quiet-study zone

Food and beverages: only lidded drinks

The third floor is a mix of noise and quiet. The entire floor is labeled a quiet-study floor, which is right in-between conversation-friendly and silent. The third floor is a great place to check out during your hectic, day-before exam studying when it's almost impossible to find a spot anywhere.

Fourth floor: stacks

Noise level: silent-study zone

Food and beverage: only lidded drinks

The residue of tears, sweat and caffeine stains spread across the fourth floor's cubicles make one miss brighter, summer days, but don’t fret. There are multiple inspirational sticky notes around the cubicles and bathroom stalls that encourage you to keep your head up! One day I found the note: “You’re almost there, you can do it!” in a fourth-four cubicle, and I really needed it.

The fourth floor offers both studying styles — tables and cubicles, so you're able to discover which studying style works best for you. 

Fifth Floor: stacks

Noise level: silent-study zone

Food and beverage: only lidded drinks

The higher you go, the quieter you go, and the fifth floor is as high as you can get in Club Weldon. They say you can hear a pin drop on the fifth floor, and even having a sip of water makes me nervous and can be accompanied by the side-eye of my cubicle neighbours.

This floor is best saved for when you are alone and need to finish a chapter quick between classes. This way, there's no one there to distract you, and it can be just you and your textbook. This floor is not recommended for long studying nights as it can become eerie.

Good luck Mustangs and welcome to Weldon. You’re going to love it.



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