For many students fall is marked not by the changing of the leaves, but by the coming of midterms. The chill in the air, for many Ashland High School or Southern Oregon University students, is often a reminder to stay inside and get serious about hitting the books.

For many students, fall is marked not by the changing of the leaves, but by the coming of midterms. The chill in the air, for many Ashland High School or Southern Oregon University students, is often a reminder to stay inside and get serious about hitting the books.

For those new to Ashland — or to studying — and those who are looking for a new place to write, browse the internet or hold a small meeting over coffee, the Tidings has created a list of hot spots. Which study places have free wireless Internet, tasty drinks, plenty of seating or are open late? Save the questions for class and check out the list below of smart places to study:

Ashland Public Library

Open: Monday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Saturday noon to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

Address: 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

Web site: www.jcls.org/ashland.html

Phone: 774-6996

Free wireless: Yes

Cost of a small cup of coffee: According to a librarian, you can bring your own from home, but if you spill you have to clean it up.

Description: The library recently expanded its hours, so students can easily drop by between classes or after work on most days. Perhaps the quietest place to study in Ashland, the library features rows of desks, a handful of comfy chairs, private study rooms and computers to use for free.

Tip: Try to snag a seat upstairs by the windows facing Siskiyou Boulevard for a birds-eye-view of the mountains.

Bloomsbury Coffee House

Open: Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Address: 290 E. Main St.

Web site: none

Phone: 482-6112

Free wireless: Yes

Cost of a small cup of coffee: $1.70

Description: This English-cottage-style coffee shop downtown has a homey atmosphere and outdoor patio seating, if it's warm enough. In the winter, or during inclement weather, computers are only allowed on the upper-deck inside, to leave room for others. The café also sells simple food like burritos, quiches and salads.

Tip: The coffee shop offers punch cards for repeat customers: get one coffee or tea drink free after buying 10.

Evo's Coffee Lounge

Open: Everyday 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; starting Nov. 1 everyday 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Address: 376 E. Main St.

Web site: www.evoscoffee.com

Phone: 482-2261

Free wireless: Yes

Cost of a small cup of coffee: $1.20

Description: A favorite of bohemian- and artsy-types, this coffee shop features local art on the walls and an array of unique drinks. There's usually plenty of space outside but finding a table inside can be a challenge, depending on the time of day. The circular deck outside is a quiet place to study or get some fresh air.

Tip: Get an iced coffee or mate tea with coffee or mate ice cubes, so that when the ice melts, it doesn't dilute the drink.

Key of C

Open: Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Address: 116 Lithia Way

Web site: none

Phone: 488-5012

Free wireless: Yes

Cost of a small cup of coffee: $1.20

Description: This music-themed coffee shop is also a popular eatery that sometimes features live musicians. It offers a wide variety of teas and coffees that patrons can sip as they watch passerby out the windows, which face Lithia Way.

Tip: The café is known for its fresh bagels. Pick one up before the morning rush at around 8:30 a.m.

La Baguette Bakery/Hardware Café

Open: Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to noon, closed Sunday.

Address: 340 A St.

Web site: none

Phone: 482-0855

Cost of a small cup of coffee: $1.50

Free wireless: Yes

Description: This eclectic bakery can be loud, but the workers are friendly and you can watch them whipping up pastries in the back of the store if you arrive early enough. The café is a great place to study on cold mornings, because the baking ovens make the place toasty.

Tip: Arrive by 8 a.m. to get the pastries while they're hot and also get in some early morning studying.

Rogue Valley Roasting Co.

Open: Monday through Saturday 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Address: 917 E. Main St.

Web site: none

Phone: 488-5902

Cost of a small cup of coffee: $1.60

Free wireless: Yes

Description: A popular neighborhood spot, this coffee shop offers friendly service and many seats outside on the patio or front porch. The store also sells hearty quiches and other snacks to munch on while studying.

Tip: Bring cash or a local check, because the café doesn't accept credit cards.

Starbucks, Main Street

Open: Tuesday through Sunday 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Address: 120 E. Main St.

Web site: www.starbucks.com

Phone: 488-1195

Free wireless: Yes

Cost of a small cup of coffee: $1.55

Description: This Starbucks has a row of seats by a window overlooking Main Street, a perfect place to people-watch during study breaks. The coffee shop also has several fall-inspired drinks, like their pumpkin spice latte and hazelnut hot chocolate.

Tip: You may be able to access free wireless, although it's slow and not supported by the store, depending on where you sit.

Starbucks, Siskiyou Boulevard

Open: Everyday 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Address: 1474 Siskiyou Blvd.

Web site: www.starbucks.com

Phone: 482-7114

Free wireless: Yes

Cost of a small cup of coffee: $1.55

Description: Because it's next to campus, this coffee shop is a favorite of Southern Oregon University students. But it's also popular with people who like to sit and read the paper, warm drink in hand. Outside, deck seating is also available.

Tip: This coffee shop is a great place to hold a group study session or meeting.

The Beanery

Open: Everyday 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Address: 1602 Ashland St.

Web site: www.allannbroscoffee.com

Phone: 488-0700

Cost of a small cup of coffee: $1.50

Free wireless: Yes

Description: This coffee shop is close to SOU and has its own quirky character. Choose from a large selection of organic or fair-trade teas and coffee drinks.

Tip: Try one of their pastries, made from scratch daily.