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Brain Booth at the Library

The Brain Booth- What is it?

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Take a Brain Break!

The Library Brain Booth is a drop-in, hands-on experiential space to explore mindfulness and contemplative practices, reduce stress, and optimize learning. It is open to all Cal Poly Humboldt students, staff, and faculty as well as community members.

The Brain Booth is on the 2nd floor.

Available there during regular Library hours: the Biofeedback stationary machine, a FitDesk, large chess set, large beanbag chairs, and relevant books-magazine-dvds collection.

Additional Brain Booth equipment is available to borrow at the Checkout desk: portable Biofeedback units and a light therapy unit.

Drop by to enjoy a mindful minute and to take an intentional brain break. 

You can also email a request for a class visits or request Brain Booth pop-up events.


Reach out to Librarian Janet Calderon for questions, requests, ideas, and more!



The Library Brain Booth opened on August 31, 2016.

Brain Booth Relax

Group in the Brain Booth drawing and coloring at a table.

The Brain Booth Mission

The Library Brain Booth seeks to introduce the Humboldt State community to international scientific research on the effects of mindfulness, attention, and contemplation through hands-on tools and activities in an informal, experiential setting. Students are especially encouraged to explore the positive impacts that taking an intentional brain break can have on their academic success. Although the Library Brain Booth recognizes the contributions of people of all faiths and backgrounds to mindfulness practices, it has no religious affiliation. People of all abilities, cultures, and faiths are welcome in the Library Brain Booth.

The Library Brain Booth was made possible through the support of the HSU Sponsored Programs Foundation and the Office of Research, Economic, & Community Development.

Content Attribution

Some of the content of this guide (as indicated on pages) was created by Marissa Mourer, co-founder of the Brain Booth.

Spring 2023 Drop-In Hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays

8:30-10:30 am



(excluding Holidays or other campus breaks)

Donate to the Brain Booth

You can help make a positive difference in students' lives by supporting the Brain Booth!

The Brain Booth addresses an essential need of our students and so many others. The Brain Booth offers mindfulness practices through Intentional Brain Breaks and activities that support Emotional Self-Regulation and foster Singular Thoughtful Focus. 

As a recent student visitor put it: ”Thank you for thinking and helping us with our wellbeing and stress we endure. The brain booth is amazing! Thank you!”

Make a Donation

Join us! Everyone is Welcome!

  Photo of a gratitude poster that people have written and drawn on.  Two people playing board games. Student using a biofeedback machine.   Person using light therapy station and smiling. Close up of coloring page with dolphins swimming.