The Starbucks Cafe in Storrs Center’s Barnes & Noble has been turned into a study lounge, thanks to a decision by Barnes & Noble.
“It was a Starbucks, but we weren’t selling enough at the cafe so we thought a lounge would be better use of the space,” said Barnes & Noble retail associate Corey Welden.
The lounge is open from 10-8 p.m on weekdays and from 10-7 p.m on weekends. “The lounge follows the same hours as the store and is open to anyone,” Welden said.
Bartleby, an educational sister company to Barnes & Noble, funds the lounge in the bookstore.
“Bartleby is sponsoring the lounge; it is a tutoring company as part of Barnes & Noble,” Welden said.
Bartleby’s mission is to support student success and provide tutoring resources for a monthly subscription.
“Sometimes I get tired of going to the library everyday, and since this lounge is brand new it is a good change of scenery when I need a break from the stress of the library,” said Brittany Jimena, third semester biology major. “And since it is still fairly new it’s not usually crowded.”
Naiela Suleiman is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at email@example.com.