The library is hosting an Exam
Cram on Monday, Dec. 16 from 7 p.m.
to midnight for students who need
study time for exams, extra help with
final papers and projects, or a little
free caffeine to get them through the
This is the fifth year the library
has held an Exam Cram.
“The reason we started doing this
is because it is a very stressful time
for students. We wanted to provide
quiet places for them to study. We
also wanted to have a little bit of
stress relief for them and also provide
help for them,” said Nerissa Nelson,
a Reference and Instruction Librarian.
One of the biggest draws of this
event is the unlimited free coffee and
cookies offered to students. Librarians
will put out a fresh tray of cookies and
more coffee every hour. The cookies
and coffee will be set up in the Idea
Studio on the first floor, just off the
main circulation area. In past years,
50 to 60 students have come every
hour for the cookies and last year
they went through 85 pots of coffee.
“The first year we put everything
out at once and that was a huge
mistake, they basically were gone
right away,” Nelson said.
Andy Pech, an Outreach
Coordinator for the University of
Wisconsin-Stevens Point, said that he
has been handing out cookies and
coffee during finals week for about 10
years now. Pech said that the library
is given a small budget for the Exam
Cram that they use to purchase the
“The students love it,” Pech said.
“We used to do it on a volunteerbasis, people would bake cookies and
bring them in, but the students liked
it so much it got to be thousands of
cookies. I think because it is getting
close to Christmas time that students
are getting a little homesick and when
they come in here and are given
cookies it’s kind of like comfort food.”
The Exam Cram is run by
volunteers. The librarians and the
library staff come in to help with the
event, putting out the cookies and
coffee every hour, offering assistance
to any students who need help and
clean up after the event is over. There
are also reference librarians available until 11 p.m. to help with any last
minute citations or articles.
Besides the librarian volunteers,
tutors from the Tutoring and Learning
Center will also work late to assist
students with any work they need
help with. The tutors will be in the
IMC lab on the third floor of the
In addition to the free cookies
and coffee they will also be giving out
some free T-shirts and fortunes.
The Exam Cram is based off a
similar program in Madison. It
worked so well there that a librarian
who formerly worked in Madisonrecommended that they start a program here. It originally started as
a pajama exam cram.
“Not a lot of people wore their
pajamas so we scratched that idea,”
Libraries at some of the larger
schools keep their libraries open all
night during finals week but the
UWSP library runs its normal hours
for finals. Nelson said that they have
considered the idea of staying up
24/7 or having extended hours but
she doesn’t believe there is a need for
it at this time.