Napping students -- exhausted by long nights of studying for exams or writing term papers -- are common in campus libraries. But at Wake Forest University's Z. Smith Reynolds Library, sleeping students can now be found resting in comfortable recliners, instead of snoring into open textbooks.
Last month, the library unveiled a technology-free relaxation area called the "ZieSta Room." The room -- which originated as a proposal from a group of students -- encourages students to turn off their electronics, put away their books, and take a quick study break, even if that means falling asleep. The space's guidelines stress that the area is not a study space, and that the only reading taking place there should be done for pleasure. The guidelines also remind students that the room is not a place for "monkey business." (Sarah Boerkircher, Wake Forest's assistant director of communications, said that "the ZieSta Room is not a secluded or isolated room" and is actually a designated space in a larger study area.)