Fort Collins is a wonderful city for so many reasons. As someone who recently graduated from CSU, I have to say that one of my favorite traits of our city is its abundance of AMAZING places to study and get work done. I’ve found that changing locations frequently helps you stay focused and motivated to work hard, so having many places to choose from helped me a lot when I was working toward my degree. Because of my passion for learning and helping others learn, I want to share with you my 10 favorite study spots in Fort Collins so that you or your student can be a more productive, motivated, and energetic learner.
Fort Collins has three beautiful libraries within our library district. These spots are good for quiet, academically-focused working, because they provide you with quick access to resources for research in addition to having abundant workspaces. Most of the libraries also have reservable rooms and areas for discussion, so you can work in groups without worrying about disturbing others. I’ve broken down my favorite characteristics of each of the libraries in town so you can find the best fit!
1. Old Town Library
- Awesome teen area
- Big windows with great natural light and views
- Reservable study rooms
2. Council Tree Library
- Smallest library
- Mostly tables and tables attached to chairs
- Fewer spots with power outlets, so it’s a great spot for unplugged work
- Cozy fireplace to read by
- Reservable study rooms
3. Harmony Library
- Partnered with Front Range Community College, so you get a wide variety of books
- Attached coffee shop
- Tables scattered throughout for studying
- Reservable meeting and study rooms
If a cozy environment with some ambient noise sounds like your ideal study spot, but you can’t get yourself to focus at home because it’s too cozy, you should try studying in one of our local cafes. Fort Collins is home to a host of amazing, unique cafes that are designed for the hard worker to get stuff done. I’ve compiled a list (in no particular order) of favorite cafes to study in, along with the reasons I love to work in each place so you can prioritize which ones to try first.
1. The Alley Cat Cafe
- Super cozy – famous for its colorful ceiling tile art
- Lots of different seating, including large booths and tables for groups
- Variety of lighting types
- Open 24hrs a day
2. The Wild Boar Cafe
- Tons of tables in many different rooms
- Cozy fireplaces
- Has a downstairs area full of study spots too!
- Reservable meeting room
3. Momo Lolo Coffee House
- Lots of warm, natural sunshine
- The brightest, happiest coffee shop I’ve ever worked in – it feels like a little piece of Hawaii!
- Mix of couches/meeting areas and tables (with outlets nearby)
- Occasional live instrumental music
4. The Bean Cycle
- Cozy loft with power strips for working on laptops or tablets
- Modern, open feeling – high ceilings
- Downstairs tables are great for unplugged work – some tables by the wall have access to outlets
- Large windows provide natural light, but there is also warm light from vintage ceiling lamps (cool!)
5. Bindle Coffee
- Feels like studying in someone’s home – It’s inside of an old farmhouse!
- Cozy corner nook for solitary work
- Bar and couches with lots of natural light – has a garage door that they open during nice weather
- Only a few tables have power outlets, so not always the best spot to use a computer for long periods
6. Mugs on the Oval
- Lots of study spaces packed into a small area – there are large shared tables as well as a few solitary tables
- Ample access to electrical outlets
- Close to campus – incredible view of The Oval, which is a great place to walk around and take a break from studying!
7. The Crooked Cup
- Small bakery and cafe with lots of unique goodies
- Mostly tables and chairs, has one couch
- Less frequently used as a study spot, more for chatting with friends – so if ambient conversation really helps you focus, this is a great place!
There you have it! Did I miss any of your favorite study spots? Let me know in the comments!
Now get out there and get things done!
Academic Coach and Communications Director