Basic Needs for Students

Support Programs

The Orange Room hosts a variety of programs, workshops, and essential services which support student health and well-being needs.  All of the services on this page are free, and available to students as needed.  The Office of the Dean of Students lists additional basic need resources on campus if you don’t see what you need here.

Food Pantry

We recognize that access is food is critical for academic success. The Orange Room is part of a network of campus food assistance programs, and hosts a Wesley Food Pantry. Located in the hallway leading to the Writers Workshop (to your left as you enter from the Library Gallery), our food pantry has canned and dried goods that is available for any student, and we encourage students to use this service as much as they need. The Student Food Pantry is open the same hours as the Orange Room, and students do not need to provide any personal information or meet specific income levels to use this service.

Food Pantry

Family Study Room

The Family Study Room provides students in a caregiving role with a comfortable place to study in the Main Library while they have children with them. Children can play with the toy kitchen, read children’s books, and more, in the Family Study Room. Caregivers can also use their active iCard to check out Family Kits that have toys and books for the children while their caregiver studies for classes.

Kits available from the Orange Room Desk include:

  • Amazon Fire Kid Tablet.
  • Pack and play (with changing table option).
  • Kid-friendly backpacks that include coloring, games, puzzles, books, and more are available in three different age ranges.
    • Newborn-4 years 
    • 4-8 years 
    • 8-12 years

These are for in-library use only and are available for 2 hours at a time (may be renewed). 

The Family Study Room is located in the Main Library’s Orange Room study space #13 (room 112), and is prioritized for those with children. 

The Grainger Engineering Library also has a Family Study Room available, as well as a lactation room. You can find more information on their room reservation page

Mental and Physical Wellness

The University Library partners with McKinley Health Center and the Counseling Center to offer tabling sessions and workshops on different mental health and wellness topics.

Mindful Mondays

Run by the McKinley Stress Management Peers, students can learn about stress techniques and resources the first Monday of the month in the Orange Room. Check our events calendar for upcoming dates and times.

Eat All the Colors

Receive some healthy snacks from McKinley Health Center and learn about the benefits of eating all the colors the first Wednesday of the month in the Orange Room. Check our events calendar for upcoming dates and times.

Academic Success Series

Join the Counseling Center with their monthly workshops that focus on different struggles students may experience that impact their academic success. Each workshop also includes a portion that focuses on international students. Workshops take place in the Main Library the first Tuesday of each month at 1pm. Our events calendar has the upcoming topics and workshop location.