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Wellness & Health: Home & Resources at the Libraries

What is Wellness?

The Global Wellness Institute defines wellness "as the active pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health. The Global Wellness Institute stresses that "wellness is an individual pursuit—we have self-responsibility for our own choices, behaviors and lifestyles—but it is also significantly influenced by the physical, social and cultural environments in which we live." Additionally, "wellness is associated with an active process of being aware and making choices that lead toward an outcome of optimal holistic health and wellbeing."

Wellness Is...

Wellness is more than just physical health. It also encompasses mental health, spiritual health, emotional health, social health, and environmental health. 

Wellness: Mental, Spiritual, Emotional, Social, Environmental, Physical

Picture from the Global Wellness Institute

Wellness Books in the Welles-Brown Room

Mindfulness for Beginners
Living with Your Heart Wide Open
How to Train a Wild Elephant
No Mud, No Lotus
Search Inside Yourself
The Craving Mind
Work, Sex, Money
The Mind of the Leader
Buddha's Brain
Here For Now
Happiness Is an Inside Job
Don't Just Do Something, Sit There
How to Walk
Talk to Yourself Like a Buddhist
Radical Compassion
Stay Woke
Say What You Mean
The Science of Enlightenment
No Time Like the Present
Altered Traits
The Art of Communicating
How to Break up with Your Phone
It's Easier Than You Think
Nonviolent Communication: a Language of Life
Sit Like a Buddha
The Buddha Walks into a Bar...
The Here-And-Now Habit
The heart aroused : poetry and the preservation of the soul in corporate America
Loving What Is

Study Spaces in the Libraries

Messenger Periodicals Room

The libraries have many types of study spaces available to students. These include collaborative spaces where students can work together, quiet spaces, subject-specific spaces, and a space for graduate students. Check out all of our spaces to decide on your perfect study space!

How the Libraries Can Help You

Rush Rhees Q&i Home

The River Campus Libraries has numerous Subject Librarians that can help you find and cite resources, and with your general research process. Each subject is assigned a specific librarian. Do not be afraid of emailing a librarian or making an appointment with them. They are here to help! 

The library also has numerous guides on various subjects to help you find resources and engage in research. Beyond that, the library offers numerous services, including but not limited to InterLibrary Loan (ILL), Special Collection Services, iZone Consulting, Data Management Services, Digital Scholarship, Metadata Outreach, Workshops, and Exhibits. 

Please feel free to come to the Q&i desk at any library for assistance. 

Welles-Brown Room Oasis

De-stress event in the Welles-Brown Room

The Welles-Brown Room is accessible from the Fiedlander Lobby in the Rush Rhees Library. This space is home to our collection of books on Wellness and Mindfulness, which can be checked out by students, staff, and faculty. During the year we also host many different wellness or stress-free events in this space, which can include meditation, yoga, labyrinths, yen gardens, art, etc. 

Art / Music Library

View of Art/Music Library

Located on the Ground Floor of Rush Rhees Library, the Art/Music Library is home to various collections, including more than 10,000 DVDs; 90,000 books and journals on the visual arts, art theory, architecture, photography and music; 1,500 musical scores; 4,000 CDs; over 300 artists’ books; almost 400 videogames and 8 gaming systems.

There are two viewing rooms, plus viewing stations, scanners, Macs and PCs, large study tables, and smaller carrels for studying.  There is also a small gallery space, Frontispace @ the Art Music Library, which houses rotating exhibitions. Come here to study, or come here to relax and have fun. 

Studio X


As the hub for extended reality at University of Rochester, Studio X at Carlson fosters a community of cross-disciplinary collaboration, exploration, and peer-to-peer learning that lowers barriers to entry, inspires experimentation, and drives innovative research and teaching in immersive technologies.



iZone is a creative problem-solving space, program and community designed to empower students to explore and imagine ideas for social, cultural, community, and economic impact. Many fun events are held in the forum, and there are numerous spaces available for collaborative study.