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Athena Dogias takes a nap in a sleep pod in a central business district office building in Sydney, Tuesday, May 16, 2006. Busy workers are invited to put their feet up for 20 minutes to rejuvenate and relax in style while listening to music in the dome-shaped pod. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The University of Maryland now has napping pods in one of its libraries

Need a quick nap while studying for that big exam? The University of Maryland has a solution to that problem for its students.

According to the Diamondback, the school’s student newspaper, two nap pods were installed in McKeldin Library last Thursday in an effort to help with student fatigue.

The pods allow naps up to 20 minutes of sleep and include a reclining chair and privacy visor. Music that signifies the beginning and ending of the nap also is a part of the napping pod experience.

Maryland’s Student Facilities Fund paid for the pods – which cost $21,818 – after the SGA proposed and endorsed the idea last fall.

More pods could be added to the library in the future based on their effectiveness, though the high cost could stifle such additions.