Drexel University Libraries Announces Soft Launch of Intellectual Wellness Gallery
April 3, 2019
On April 1, 2019. the Drexel Libraries opened its new Intellectual Wellness Gallery on the first floor of the W. W. Hagerty Library.
The Gallery offers a space where Drexel students (as well as faculty and staff) can learn to maintain their Intellectual Wellness, one of the key dimensions of wellness. Intellectual Wellness is broadly defined as “the ability to open our minds to new ideas and experiences that can be applied to personal decisions, group interaction and community betterment. The desire to learn new concepts, improve skills and seek challenges in pursuit of lifelong learning contributes to our Intellectual Wellness.”
The Intellectual Wellness Gallery offers activities to help the Drexel community relax and recharge, including coloring pages, board games, sound machines, aromatherapy, a meditation space and more.
Eventually, the Libraries also plans to purchase a biofeedback machine, which students can use to monitor and control some body functions, like heart rate. During biofeedback, you are harmlessly connected to electrical sensors that help you receive information about your body.
The Libraries opened the Gallery as part of its strategic initiative to build learning environments that promote self-directed learning.
Drexel Masters Student of Public Health and Libraries employee Tainesha Ware offered her expertise to develop and assess this new service in the Libraries as part of her capstone project.
To start, the Intellectual Wellness Gallery will be open daily, April 1 – April 7 from 3pm to 7pm.