Libraries should be supported, not cafes



Dylan Burkett/The Cougar

Students should support libraries, not cafes, as they are a cheaper and reliable alternative that provides endless resources for students.

Cafes are praised by all for their ideal learning environment, but the benefits seem to be waning.

The sweet aroma of bitter beans, the grinding of the machine, the soft music playing behind the cheerful chatter of jovial guests, cafes prove to be the perfect place for people of all ages to catch up and study.

However, while the buzzing, aromatic setting of a cafe welcomes guests, it can also distract them.

There must be a certain atmosphere in the environment for create a perfect study space.

The constant chatter, the roar of blenders, the music always a little too loud, and the seats that never seem to empty can make cafes too stimulating for many students.

Headphones and lo-fi music can drown out some chatter, but they can’t block out the rushing guests, the huddled group of friends, or the man who’s spilled at least half his drink on his shirt.

Also, coffees seem to be getting more and more expensive. While a medium a cup of coffee only costs around $3, upgrading in size, milk, syrups and more can easily increase the cost to over $5.

For many students, a daily consumption of $5 is simply not realistic.

There are plenty of alternatives to cutting coffee expenses, such as buying your own machine, learning the ins and outs of what you love, and finding the cup that will bring just enough joy to your heart. .

However, there seems to be something so dazzling about having your favorite barista do it for you.

For many students, that $5 worth of ecstasy is more reasonably treated as a weekly indulgence than a daily occurrence.

Additionally, many people find that doing things at home or in the same place makes chores more unbearable than before, especially since the pandemic.

Some students report feeling a Pavlov effect towards cafes, almost as if they were unable to be productive in their studies without being in this environment.

This is not surprising since cafes can be found practically everywhere. From 2022 there is approximately 65,410 cafes in the United States

Places like the University follow this pattern, with students choosing whether to get their daily fix at Cougar Grounds, Starbucks, or The Nook.

However, there is a cheaper and easier alternative to help students get out of the house and study: libraries.

Public libraries provide students with all the best tools for success: access to databases and research sources, textbooks and other books needed for classes, and dedicated study space.

Walking through the book-lined halls, it’s almost impossible not to be inspired to get some work done.

In addition, university libraries help To allow students to become more involved in the on-campus community, provide digital detox, rooms for study groups, and create a sense of tranquility that cafes typically lack.

Now, more than ever, it’s time to support local libraries as they face a lot of backlash from the current book bans and are disappearing due to overrun by cafes.

Many librarians report feeling overwhelmed by harassment amid government book bans.

This year, the American Library Association reported a record number of books challenged, whether because they are overly graphic, defy religion, or for other nonsensical reasons.

To help libraries and motivate students to tackle studies, students should feel encouraged to spend studies in cafes at libraries.

Not only will students save money, but they will ensure that libraries continue to be there for those who need them.

Sarah Elise Shea is a first year English Literature student who can be contacted at [email protected]

Key words: cafes, libraries, studies


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