May 29, 2022

Relaxation Help: Cornell Brings Nature Inside Libraries

From The Ithaca Journal:

Students from the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis have installed small lawns in the lobbies of Olin and Mann libraries, as well as Duffield Hall and the Physical Sciences Building. The grass is surrounded by potted plants and chairs and, in at least one spot, a plastic caution sign warning students to beware of snakes. The project was intended to help students relax during one of the most stressful times of the school year.

“Being in touch with nature helps people be calmer, and they feel refreshed and productive,” Eveline Ferretti, the library’s public programs and communications administrator, said in a statement. “The library is the perfect place for it.”

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