Since February 2017, the library’s Reflection Room has provided a quiet space to reflect and meditate for members of the UNMC and Nebraska Medicine community. The UNMC Department of Psychiatry, a sponsor of the Reflection Room, advised on several aspects of setup, access, and promotion. Their support helped the library bring artwork, soft lighting, comfortable cushions and mats, and a massage chair to the space. A second massage chair was later added on the sixth floor. The library continues to partner with the UNMC Department of Psychiatry and UNMC’s Wellbeing Coordinating Council to increase the number of wellness resources and opportunities on campus.
The room has been used nearly 500 times, with UNMC students accounting about for half of those uses. As partners in campus wellness initiatives, the library is proud to host this Reflection Room on campus. The library has received several comments about the space:
“Please don’t get rid of this room. It is a lifesaver.” — a student
“THANK YOU SO MUCH! So extremely wonderful!” –unknown
“Thank you for providing this for us! I really feel more centered.” –a staff member
All user comments were reviewed by the library’s facilities planning committee. Some suggestions prompted us to make minor adjustments, such as the addition of signage and tips for accessing QR codes for music. We received requests to place scented items and incense in the room. However, scents do not appeal to everyone (and may cause headaches) and open flames are not allowed. When we were asked to help keep the space quiet, we made a note to address hallway noise with staff and visitors.
The Reflection Room is located on the 8th floor of the McGoogan Library of Medicine in room 8016A and is open to all during regular library hours. No reservations are required.