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Reading Day and Finals Week Events

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Counseling Resources

The Counseling Center is accessible for same day appointments and consultations. Contact them at (217) 333-3704.


Study Locations at the Illini Union

The Illini Union is turning several building areas into dedicated study spaces on Reading Day and into Finals Week:

Thursday, May 2 - READING DAY
Courtyard Cafe, Pine Lounge, President's Lounge, South Lounge, Illini Rooms ABC

Friday, May 3
Courtyard Cafe, Pine Lounge, President's Lounge, South Lounge, 404, 405, 406, 407

May 4-10
Signs will be up throughout the Illini Union indicating study spaces. There will be several dedicated to studying every day.


The end of the semester can be tough. Deadlines, late nights, concern over grades, and worries about summer plans can add up to a lot of stress. The good news is we're here to help you take care of yourself during this hectic time. Check out these events and resources for opportunities to recharge and de-stress.

Also, use #FinishStrong on Facebook and Twitter to share your tips for managing end-of-the-semester stress.

May 2 - Reading Day

Reading Day at KCPA

Location: KCPA lobby and Stage 5
Time: 10am

Looking for a casual place to study on Reading Day? Krannert Center has got your back: plenty of seating with charging stations, delicious food and beverages from Intermezzo cafe, and more.


DeStress Fest at the UGL

Location: upper level of the UGL
Time: Noon-11pm
Take a break, de-stress, and refresh at the UGL. Enjoy gaming, trivia, vintage video games, crafts, stress management strategies, research and writing help, and more!

Fun Before Finals at the ARC

Location: ARC Winter Garden and outdoor pool deck
Time: 11am-1pm

Stop by the ARC to enjoy the following activities:

  • Live Music
  • Yoga on the pool deck (12:15-1pm)
  • Tricoci University of Beauty Culture will offer hand and arm massages
  • Log rolling, bags, and other fun stress management activities 
  • Samples from Jarling's Custard Cup, Jimmy John's, Salad Meister, and Insomnia Cookies

#ColorOurCollections at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library 

Location: Room 346 - Main Library
Time: 3-5pm

Stop by to enjoy snacks and then relax with coloring (all supplies provided)

Tech Zone Sale

Stop by the Illini Union Tech Zone to enjoy a great Graduation Sale for students. You will get 8% off Apple products, including Apple Watch Series 3 and 4 
Time: 8am-8pm


Finals Week: May 5-10

Bowl Off Steam Finals Week Special

Need to blow off some steam after your finals or just need to take a break in between? Stop in the Rec Room for a deal guaranteed to relieve your stress. Your choice of rates - $2.70/game/person or $16/hour/lane (prorated for the time you bowl).

Location: Illini Union Rec Room
Time: 11:30am-Close - click here for hours
Price: $2.70/game/person OR $16/hour/lane

Contact the Illini Union Rec Room at for more information.