Prayer and Meditation Room


By Marketing and Communications | 06-05-2017


New Prayer and Meditation Room to Open in Sterling C. Evans Library

COLLEGE STATION (May 30, 2017) – When students enter the Libraries at Texas A&M University they are met with opportunities to learn new things, strengthen friendships, and even some consider the Libraries a home away from home. Because of this, the Libraries are committed to providing resources and spaces that enhance students’ ability to succeed and feel welcome, the newest addition will be a prayer and meditation room.

“We all have stresses in our lives where a moment of quiet reflection, whether that moment be a prayer or a few minutes of personal, peaceful contemplation, can gather our spirits. This room is meant to provide a supportive place for those moments,” explained Dave Carlson, Dean of Texas A&M University Libraries. “We hope that as Catholics observe Muslims, Baptists observe Sikhs, Hindus observe non-religious individuals, that any and all experiences in the room for prayer or contemplation will lead to better understanding and relationships among all Aggies.”

The new prayer and meditation room, located on the fifth floor of Sterling C. Evans Library, will be open to all students, faculty, and staff on campus. Regardless of their beliefs, all are welcome in the room, at any time that the Evans Library is open.

Located in a northwest corner, the space is lined with windows and includes chairs, open floor space, and books that cover various religious and meditation-related subjects. While all are welcome to use the space, studying and large group-meetings will not be permitted in the room, to ensure the quiet environment stays true to its purpose.

“As we continue to develop more collaborative spaces in the Libraries to provide opportunity for scholastic and social interaction, we also understand the value and need for quiet spaces in our facilities,” added Susan Goodman, Associate Dean for User Services of Texas A&M University Libraries. “We hope this new space provides students with a peaceful place to slow down, quiet their mind from daily stresses, and take advantage of a quiet space for reflection or prayer.”

To celebrate the opening of the room, the Libraries will be holding a brief reception on Wednesday, June 14 at 2:00pm in the room on the 5th floor of Evans Library. This event will be free and open to the public, after which the room will also officially be open.

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For more information contact Patrick Zinn, Texas A&M University Libraries at pzinn@library.tamu.edu or 979.845.4265

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