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The Chronicle’s guide to finals week resources, events

<p>Perkins, Bostock and Lilly Libraries have closed at 6 p.m. during the first full week of classes and will not be open on weekends until Jan. 22.</p>

Perkins, Bostock and Lilly Libraries have closed at 6 p.m. during the first full week of classes and will not be open on weekends until Jan. 22.

The Chronicle has compiled a list of resources and events available to students through reading period and finals week before final exams officially start Monday.

Academic resources 

Perkins, Bostock and Lilly Libraries and study spaces in the Rubenstein Library and von der Heyden café will be open 24 hours from Friday through May 6. 

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, the Academic Resource Center will offer individual consultations at Circulation Desk 1F in Perkins Library to help students prepare for final exams and projects. The ARC will also offer individual consultations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 1 at Lilly Library. Students may schedule a consultation in advance or drop in.

Those looking for more extensive help with essay writing can schedule an in-person or online writing consultation with the Thompson Writing Program Writing Studio.

Mental health resources

The Chronicle has previously compiled a list of available on-campus mental health resources, as well as local mental health resources for people of color and those in the LGBTQ+ community.

A recommended first step for students feeling overwhelmed is Blue Devils Care, a 24/7 mental telehealth support network. Duke students are eligible for up to 12 free scheduled visits a year. 

Students can also reach out to DukeLine, an anonymous peer-support text line. Peer coaches are available from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. any day of the week during the academic semester and can be texted at (984) 230-4888. 

In addition to mental health resources, there are a number of other self-care resources available on campus. DuWell offers Koru mindfulness programming, a wellness self-assessment and various events at its two Oasis locations on East and West. Oasis West can be found at the Student Wellness Center on the first floor, near the Murphy-Nimocks Meditation Garden. Oasis East is located at Bell Tower Residence Hall on East Campus in Room 109. 

Events to decompress

Duke Wellness is hosting a “Study Break and Snacks” event at Oasis East, which will be open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Monday, according to its Wellness Wednesday newsletter. Duke Wellness will also be hosting a “Bookish Hang-Out'' on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens for students to connect over the books they are reading.

Midnight Breakfast, Duke’s traditional pre-finals breakfast for its first-years, will be held at Marketplace Saturday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. 

The Center For Sexual and Gender Diversity will hold an Asian Pacific Islander Queer Study Brunch for Asian LGBTQ+ students Friday from 12 p.m to 3 p.m. in the Bryan Center. Interested students can also register on DukeGroups.

End of year donation drives

Duke UNICEF is accepting donations for books, hygiene products and clothes that will go to the Durham County Library, World Relief Durham and Urban Ministries. Donation boxes, which will remain until Saturday, can be found in front of the University Store in the Bryan Center, Hollows Quad, 300 Swift and Marketplace.

Those with extra food points can make a donation to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina by using food points to buy some of the bank’s most needed items and dropping them in designated boxes located at the University Store in the Bryan Center and the Swift Campus Duke Store. Donations will be accepted until May 5.

Alternatively, the “Feed Every Devil” initiative allows students to donate any extra food points to a Duke-managed food points pool. Students can then make requests for extra food points. 

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Jazper Lu | Managing Editor

Jazper Lu is a Trinity junior and managing editor of The Chronicle's 119th volume.

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Kerria Weaver | Associate News Editor

Kerria Weaver is a second-year master’s student in the Graduate Liberal Studies program and an associate news editor of The Chronicle’s 119th volume.


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