Virtual Stressbusters!

During this unprecedented transitional quarter, the UCLA Library wants to remind you that we're here to support your research AND your de-stressing!

Join us for live de-stress events!

Free origami supplies, coloring pages, and puzzles!

  • Hosted by the UCLA Library
  • Week 10 and Finals Week
  • Powell Library, 2nd floor, Rotunda
  • Available during regular building hours

Introduction to Mindfulness

  • Hosted by UCLA RISE
  • Nov 30th, Tuesday of Week 10
  • 11:00-11:45am
  • LuValle Commons, 398 Portola Plaza, B-Level

Art in Light Motivational Art Installation

  • Hosted by Arts Engagement at UCLA
  • Nov 30th-Dec 3rd, Tuesday-Friday of Week 10
  • 5:00pm-8:00pm
  • De Neve Plaza and Northwest Campus Auditorium

Finishing Strong: Finding Focus and Motivation Workshop

  • Hosted by Dashew Center for International Students and UCLA CAPS
  • Dec 1st, Wednesday of Week 10
  • 5:00pm-6:00pm
  • RSVP for Zoom link

Wellness Wednesday: Coloring Books

  • Hosted by ASUCLA
  • Dec 1st, Wednesday of Week 10
  • 11:00am-2:00pm
  • Kerckhoff Art Gallery

Affirmation Bracelet Making & Free Coffee

  • Hosted by the USAC Internal President's Office
  • Dec 1st, Wednesday of Week 10
  • 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Front of Bruinwalk

De-stress with Transgender Art Bracelet & Keychain Making

  • Hosted by TransUP
  • Dec 1st, Wednesday of Week 10
  • 6:00-8:00pm
  • Email transuclapride@gmail.com

RISE Above: Positive Vibes

  • Hosted by UCLA RISE
  • Dec 2nd, Thursday of Week 10
  • 11:00-11:45am
  • LuValle Commons, 398 Portola Plaza, B-Level

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Tools for Chronic Pain

  • Hosted by UCLA MARC
  • Dec 3rd, Friday of Week 10
  • 10:30am-12:00pm
  • Register here for Zoom link, free for UCLA students

Affirmation Board

  • Hosed by USAC Internal Vice President's Office
  • Dec 3rd, Friday of Week 10
  • Front of Bruinwalk

Open Mic Night

  • Hosted by UCLA ResLife
  • Dec 6th, Monday of Finals Week
  • 5:00-7:00pm
  • Sunset Village Stage

Coffee & Community

  • Hosted by UCLA Graduate Student Resources Center
  • Dec 6th, Monday of Finals Week
  • 9:00am-11:00am
  • Student Activities Center B-11

Introduction to Mindfulness

  • Hosted by UCLA RISE
  • Dec 7th, Tuesday of Finals Week
  • 11:00-11:45am
  • LuValle Commons, 398 Portola Plaza, B-Level

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Tools for Chronic Pain

  • Hosted by UCLA Marc
  • Dec 10th, Friday of Finals Week
  • 10:30am-12pm
  • Register here for Zoom link, free for UCLA students

If you can't make these live events, we've compiled some resources for you to relax with on your own time!

  • Free films for fall
  • Feel good films & television
  • UCLA Music Library playlists
  • Writing Instruction + Research Education resources for finals
  • Positive affirmations
  • Library coloring pages
  • Pets of Powell
  • Escape from Powell! (a virtual escape room)
  • Book recs
  • Free games
  • Powell puzzle corner
  • Art Library recs
  • Relaxing YouTube videos
  • UCLA Mindful app

To enjoy all of these resources please connect to the UCLA Virtual Private Network.

As a UCLA student, you can watch these movies right now for free!

Films for Fall

  • The Last Day of Autumn: Forest animals secretly collect abandoned bike parts with the intention of building vehicles that fit their size. Official Selection at the Berlin International Film Festival.
  • The Little Bird and the Squirrel: It is Autumn; at the end of a branch hangs a red leaf. A little black bird comes along to water it when suddenly, a squirrel nicks the bird's bright green watering can. The bird follows the cheeky thief and so begins an exciting chase through the forest.
  • The Fall Sky: Navigate your way around the autumn sky from the Northern Hemisphere, discovering how the classical myth of Andromeda ties together the stories of the nearby constellations of Cassiopeia, Perseus, Cepheus, Pegasus, and Cetus. The sights include the Andromeda galaxy, the nearest large galaxy to our own.
  • Food as Ritual: Humans don't just eat for nutrition. It's a deeply symbolic activity as well. In this lecture, consider some of the many different categories of food rituals around the world, including fasting for Ramadan, making sugar skulls for the Day of the Dead, bobbing for apples during Halloween, and America's favorite fall feast: Thanksgiving.
  • Yvonne Jacquette, Autumn Expansion: An exploration of the artist's creative process as she creates a triptych that is approximately 26 feet wide following the life cycle of autumn foliage, from its green beginnings to its vibrant, fiery peak, and ultimately to its subdued end.
  • Robert Frost: New England in Autumn: A selection of Frost's poems chosen to suit a perfect New England autumn day. Filmed in the beautiful farm country of Massachusetts.

Feel good films & television

  • In the Heights: Usnavi is a bodega owner who longs to go back to his native Dominican Republic. In the meantime, he spends his time in a small neighborhood in Washington Heights pining after Vanessa, a beautiful lady working at the beauty salon
  • Wonder Park: June, a girl with a wild imagination, makes an incredible discovery: a fantastical amusement park filled with fun-loving, talking animals. June joins forces with her furry friends on an unforgettable journey to save the park of their dreams.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: Powered with incredible speed, Sonic The Hedgehog embraces his new home on Earth. That is, until he accidentally knocks out the power grid and sparks the attention of super-uncool evil genius Dr. Robotnik.
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off: A charismatic high-school student convinces his repressed best friend to play hooky with him and his girlfriend and attempts to bring the young man out of his shell during a memorable day in Chicago.
  • The Office: This mockumentary follows the everyday lives of the manager of a paper company and the employees he "manages."

Maybe you prefer to dance the stress out?

The UCLA Music Library has created playlists...

to help you dance, energize, reflect, relax, and exercise during finals! We've also created a playlist for children (and everyone else)

Or maybe you're looking for some rustling autumn leaves ASMR?

Or stress Relief Resources from the Herb Alpert School of Music?

Are you down to the wire on an assignment and looking for support?

UCLA staff and faculty believe in you and they left you some words of encouragement and advice.

Screenshot of the digital notepad with positive affirmations

Color me!

Biomedical Library Special Collections Coloring Pages

Maywill Dudley illustrated several books of fairy tales for Whitman Publishing (Racine, Wisconsin) in the 1930s, as well as two activity books: Let's Read and Paint (1934) and The Toy Shop: a Cut-out Book (1935).

Milton Bradley Company (Springfield, Massachusetts), the longtime publisher of board games and activity books, used a dozen of her illustrations in Health Posters to Color and Study.

Image of two health posters. The one on the left is the cover of the coloring book featuring a cartoon girl brushing a cartoon boy's hair with the words "Health Posters to color and Study, Maxwell Dudley". The poster on the right features two girls, one with a tissue and says "Cover Your Mouth If You Cough - Sneeze"

The Clark Coloring Book

The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library is one of UCLA's major libraries for rare books and manuscripts. Its particular strengths include English literature and history from the Tudor period through the long eighteenth century. Sometimes weird, always wonderful, we hope you enjoy coloring our collection images as much as we enjoyed finding them!

Image of a drawing of a turtle from The Clark Coloring Book: Illustrations from the Collections at the Clark Library

Feeling artistically invigorated? Submit your own original library inspired art to the Powell Portfolio in order to be featured on UCLA Library social media

Library staff want to share their cute pets with you!

Pets of Powell

Look at these cute cuties and let their cuteness melt away your stress!

Photo of a tabby cat napping comfortably
Photo of Powellcat looking at a hat
Photo of tabby cat curled up in a ball on top of a blue chair
Photo of two guinea pigs dressed up in a pumpkin costume
Photo of two cats peeking into the window
Photo of two kittens peeking into the door window
Photo of a black cat wearing a black witch hat on top of its head
Photo of a black cat sleeping on a table in front of a computer with a Zoom meeting on it
Photo of black and white Powell Cat with his toys
Photo of a dog sleeping comfortably

Escape from Powell Library!

Find your way out of this virtual escape room!

It's the night before the beginning of Finals Week in Powell Library. Even though you're on your third cup of Stressbusters coffee, you can't stop yawning. You're about to break out the Yerba Mate and maybe take a scooter back to the Hill, but your eyelids keep getting heavier and heavier. You figure a nap can't hurt, so you curl up in the nearest chair...

When you wake up, you're alone and the library is dark. Apparently, even the echo of the midnight yell couldn't wake you. Your cell phone and laptop are both dead, and no one is present at the CLICC desk to loan you a charger. You try the doors, but they're locked! The only light in the entire library is the blue glow from the screen of the computer behind the checkout desk...

Get lost (and then find yourself) in a good book!

The Teddy Bear Chronicles by Xi Xi

For several decades Xi Xi has been widely known for her award-winning poetry and fiction. This time, she has chosen to write about the teddy bears she began making in 2005, after treatment for cancer, in order to improve the mobility of her right hand.

Seeds of Hope by Jane Goodall

A renowned naturalist examines the critical role that trees and plants play in our world. Long before she began her work with chimpanzees, she had a passion for the natural world. Now she opens our eyes to the profound relationship we have with the world of plants.

Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus : Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of all Kinds by Mary Shelley ; edited by David H. Guston, Ed Finn, and Jason Scott Robert

This new critical edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was developed by leading scholars for aspiring scientists, engineers, and medical professionals. This unique framing will make this a core text in promoting and enhancing interdisciplinary dialogue on the nature, roles, and responsibilities of scientists and engineers in society.

Kafka in a Skirt by Daniel Chacón

A collection of short stories that grapples with the concept of a 'wall, ' both the literal partition along the U.S.-Mexico border and the less tangible walls that divide communities and peoples, particularly those who straddle more than one culture in their daily lives

The Reincarnated Giant : An Anthology of 21st Century Chinese Science Fiction

This anthology showcases the best of contemporary science fiction from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the People's Republic of China. In fifteen short stories and novel excerpts, The Reincarnated Giant opens a doorway into imaginary realms alongside our own world and the history of the future.

The Dog: A Natural History by Adam Miklósi

An accessible and richly illustrated introduction to the natural history of dogs-from evolution, anatomy, cognition, and behavior to the relationship between dogs and humans.

The Cat: A Natural and Cultural History

Of all the domesticated species, cats have enjoyed the most complex relationship with people-one that still leads to arguments about whether you can truly call the cat asleep by your fire "tame."

The Power of Good News by Hal Urban

Hal Urban argues that we can nourish our minds by choosing how we consume news, and that when we surrender all that choice to media and external forces, we give up our growth, freedom, and mental health. Countless signs of progress and acts of kindness exist all around the world if you know where to look.

How about a game night?

Try out some of our favorite free online games! (Including a game created by our very own librarians!)

Looking for something puzzling? (Besides your homework)

Powell Puzzle Corner

We've brought you virtual puzzles of some our favorite spots at UCLA to destress!

Or some cool art resources to spark your creativity?

Turn your brain off with these videos!

Did you know you have access to a FREE meditation app?

Download the free UCLA Mindful App!

Practice mindfulness meditation anywhere with the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center! Manage stress, reduce anxiety, and cultivate positivity and well being! You can also check out the RISE Holistic Healing Library to access resources without having to download an app.

Ok, Bruins! You've GOT THIS! Go forth, knock out those finals, and do some SERIOUS de-stressing!