A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
If you are a law student, you spend your days in the libraries. It is a known fact. For those of you who think this is a choice, you are wrong! This is a life-style! Joking aside, libraries are crucial for our studies and we need to find the best balance between study environment and socializing opportunities during our breaks.
Therefore, I decided to write about three main libraries of Leiden University which are often used by law students. I will elaborate the advantages of these libraries one-by-one. I will try to come up with a conclusion of why and when you should study in which library. I hope it will be a helpful guide for those of you who are indecisive like me when it comes to choose the best study spot, a.k.a. procrastination masters!
I am starting with Kamerlingh Onnes Building (KOG) library today. KOG is the law faculty building of Leiden University. Although lectures are usually held in this building, some programs also offer their lectures in The Hague campus.
First and foremost, I like the cosy atmosphere of this library. There is some kind of a ‘romantic’ vibe here which is hard to explain for me! I assume it is because of the yellow lights but feel free to let me know about your theories in the comments below!
Main advantage of this library is, of course, access to hard copies of the books! You can easily find many of the required readings before your classes here. This is very convenient. Also, did you know that you can borrow up to 50 materials from the libraries of Leiden University? You can check the details here.
In KOG library, there are 136 computer study places available as well. This is very convenient for the ones who doesn’t want to carry their laptops with them to the library. You can come to the library, collect your materials and occupy a computer study spot to write your assignment, report, thesis etc. It was very surprising for me to realise many of my friends were unaware of the fact that they could use their drive/could accounts here, so they can continue working on their papers wherever they want!
Last but not least, KOG library provides you the best opportunity to socialise with your friends during the breaks. You can always take a long break for lunch, or maybe dinner, at the lunch area. Also, you can take a small break with your friends to complain about how hard your courses are or just to catch up with the latest news in your class at the café. Be aware, although these small breaks usually planned for only 10 minutes, they tend to last more than one hour! So, be careful when you take a break while studying at KOG library!
In the end, I believe, KOG library is the best spot to do your readings before or after the lectures, work on your thesis or make research. However, if you are a social butterfly like me, KOG library is not the best spot for you to meet your deadlines!
Do you also study usually at KOG library? What are your experiences and expectations from the library? Which spot is your favourite at KOG library? Let us know in the comments below!