I am pleased to announce that the University Libraries has opened a Wellness Room in the 18th Avenue Library.

The purpose of the Wellness Room is to provide space for all Ohio State students, faculty and staff to engage in quiet contemplation, to de-stress, reflect, or participate in wellness activities, such as meditation, yoga, prayer, stretching, relaxation, breathing exercises or mindfulness practice. The Wellness Room will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The creation of this space represents an important milestone in our ongoing efforts to promote wellness for our students, faculty, and staff. Our Buckeye Wellness Innovators coordinate a variety of health and wellness activities aligned with the university’s wellness initiatives, including a weekly newsletter, a healthy cookbook project, a wellness workshop series, and yoga classes at the Library Tech Center.

The Wellness Room is on the ground level of the 18th Avenue Library, Room 040.  In the near future, and following some additional renovations of the space, the Wellness Room will also be available to reserve for organized wellness-related events. More on this in the coming months.

Please join me in thanking our colleagues who successfully led this project: Larry AllenLila Anderson, Quanetta Batts, Sandra EnimilAaron Heil, Brent LewisMeris Longmeier, Pam McClung, and Lisa Patton-Glinksi.

And a very special thanks to the many student leaders who served as vocal, effective advocates and partners throughout the planning and implentation processes.

Go Bucks!

Damon E. Jaggars
Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries