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Relax, move, learn, read among UofL lunchtime options

by Janene Zaccone, communications and marketing last modified Feb 20, 2013 11:39 AM

It’s lunch time at UofL. What can you do — besides eat lunch at your desk again? Here are a few ideas:

Visit Ekstrom Library on Belknap Campus.

  • Check out a not-necessarily academic book from the Browsing Collection in the east wing lobby (near Quad entrance).
  • Look at the changing and permanent exhibits in the lobby and public areas. Display cases are across from the circulation desk (west wing, near classrooms) and exhibits often are housed around the SGA DVD collection in the east wing lobby.
  • Check out a TV show or movie DVD from the SGA DVD collection in the east wing lobby. Keep it for up to five days.
  • Reserve or check out a Kindle or iPad. Check the links to see if one is available or to be added to a waiting list.
  • Go to the McConnell-Chao Archives (lower level, east wing).
  • See items from UofL’s Rare Books collections displayed in the Kain Gallery, lower level, east wing.

Check out campus art.

  • Take a self-guided tour of UofL’s permanently displayed artwork. Before you head out, see the Art Library’s Art on Campus site for locations.
  • Go to a guest, faculty or student exhibit at the Hite Art Institute Schneider Hall galleries, Belknap Campus. The galleries are easily accessible from in the southwest corner entrance.
  • Check out a guest, faculty or student exhibit at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts, 100 E. Main St. While you’re there, you might see students or glass program director Ché Rhodes blowing glass in the nearby hot shop.
  • See some of the 2 million fine arts and documentary prints in the Photographic Archives Gallery, lower level, east wing, Ekstrom Library. Sometimes the gallery hosts a guest show.

Take a walk. Stay fit and healthy.

  • Walk outdoors on a cushioned surface at the Cardinal Park fitness trail on Floyd Street. It circles the track and soccer stadiums and the softball field. Check the sign by the McDonald’s playground for mileage options.
  • Take pre-mapped 1- to 5-mile walks around the Belknap or Health Sciences Center campuses using routes from Get Healthy Now. (Get PDF route listings: Belknap Campus; Health Sciences Center.) GHN also has a noon walking club that meets Tuesdays at noon through April 26. Get more info.
  • Take a tree tour — that’s right, trees. Belknap Campus has more than 2,500 trees and the university is designated as a Tree Campus USA because of its efforts to maintain and care for them. Go on all or part of the self-guided, 1.75-mile tree tour to see the variety.
  • Get a mid-day workout at the HSC Fitness Center (located inside the Chestnut Street Garage), or at the Student Activities Center or Crawford Gym (until Humana Gym opens in April 2013) on Belknap Campus.
  • Sign up for a water fitness class at the Ralph Wright Natatorium (Floyd and Warnock) or for an aerobics class at the HSC Fitness Center or SAC. See schedule and payment info.
  • Stop by the Gray Street Farmers Market for fresh produce, baked goods, specialty meats, prepared lunches, crafts and more — all locally grown and produced, Thursdays from May to October. The market is on Gray Street between South Preston and South Jackson.

Chill out, take a deep breath or meditate.

  • Relax and enjoy the soothing lilt of the water feature in the UofL Health Care Outpatient Center lobby, 401 E. Chestnut St., the outdoor water feature in the HSC plaza on Preston Street, the fountain on Belknap Campus beside Schneider Hall or Trager fountain, behind Miller Information Technology Center.
  • Pause to meditate, pray or simply experience peace and stillness in the non-denominational University Hospital Chapel, on the second floor, 530 S. Jackson St.
  • Take some quite time in the Garden of Hope, located just in front of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

Learn something new.

  • Attend a lunchtime talk or lecture. Some units, such as the Cultural Center and the College for Arts and Sciences, have a regular lunch series. Check the Calendar of Events.
  • Get the latest information on health and wellness from Patient and Consumer Health Resources at the Kornhauser Health Sciences Library. Use a library computer to go to the Consumer section of Library Guides. From there, you can find information on any health-related topic.
  • See the growth and evolution of health care in the History and Archives Collections at the Kornhauser Health Sciences Library.
  • View the portraits and read the bios of all past deans of the School of Medicine in the Abell Building lobby, 2nd floor, 323 E. Chestnut St. or drop by Grawemeyer Hall, Belknap Campus, and see the portraits of past UofL presidents on the second floor (using the back entrance).
  • Peruse the books on display in the Abell Building lobby, 2nd floor, 323 E. Chestnut St. – all were authored by UofL HSC faculty.
  • Learn about the impressive history of University Hospital Trauma Center — the first trauma center in the nation. A special display is just inside the hospital’s main lobby (530 S. Jackson St.), past the gift shop on the right. Photos of the University Hospital Trauma Center & Burn Unit in action are in the Ambulatory Care Building basement hallway. Take a right out of the ACB elevators.
  • Read the free newspapers at The City Café, located on the first floor of Kornhauser Health Sciences Library.


  • Go to the HSC Book Store, operated by Barnes and Noble, on the Floyd Street side of the “K” Building, or the Belknap Book Store in west side, lower level of the Student Activities Center. Full-time faculty and staff get a 15 percent discount on items for their personal use and a 20 percent discount for items purchased for departmental purposes. A UofL ID is required and some restrictions apply. Ask about the employee superstore discount while you’re there.
  • Go to iTech Xpress, lower level, Miller Information Technology Center, for discounted software, accessories and more.

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